Three second-half goals helped Roland Park beat Centennial, 4-0, Tuesday afternoon. The game was played on Centennial's stadium turf field in withering heat. Water breaks were taken every 15 minutes.
"We were unprepared for the game, for the heat and for the opponents," said Centennial coach Tara Carr. "We definitely could have come out stronger."
The Eagles gave a good effort the first 15 minutes of play, but then they began to wilt.
Both squads are small in number.
Centennial has two injured players and had just two subs on the sideline. For the second game in a row, reserve goalie Meg Thompson played on the field as a defensive player.
Roland Park coach Amy Popp said that her players had an intense summer workout package that helped the team deal with the heat.
"I think they really pushed through in the heat and the girls pushed through for one another when they were tired and when they were hot," the Reds coach said
Louisa Huber scored the game's first goal on a nifty corner play with 6:04 left in the first half.
Andi Weinberg inserted the ball, which was fielded and then sent back to Weinberg, who sent the ball flat across the mouth of the goal where Huber hit it in.
Roland Park's offense put a lot of pressure on Centennial. The Reds were credited with 25 shots on goal.
"We kept spread out and we communicated really well. We got good hard passes and we had a lot of energy going," Huber said.
Roland Park seemed to take advantage of the water breaks. Including halftime, the Reds scored shortly after three breaks in the play.
"I think their team was a little more advanced than the teams we have been playing," said Alana Morgante, one of Centennial's captains. "We have been able to take advantage of sending a pass up the field but [Roland Park] was always there today."
"We did not see the field very well today," Carr said. "We spent too much time in the middle and left side of the field. We did not use our strong side as much."
Carr said that she tries to schedule difficult teams for Centennial's tournament and its out-of-county game. "It prepares us for our county season and for the end of the season play."
Roland Park is an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference team.
There are always lessons to be learned in a loss, and maybe more so when the weather is a factor.
"I think the heat affected how we played as a team," said Olivia O'Connell, a team captain. "It was more us playing as individuals and not as a team."
The Eagles are a young team and Carr knows they can play better.
"I see their potential," she said. "I do not feel defeated at all. It is [just] frustrating because I know where they can be and here I was seeing where they were.
"We will come back from this."
Roland Park 4, Centennial 0
Goals: RP — Mollie Keyser 2, Louisa Huber, Andi Weinberg. C — none.
Assists: RP — Andi Weinberg 2, Louisa Huber.
Saves: RP — Nora Feinberg 2. C — Jenna Dietrich 13.
Halftime: Roland Park, 1-0.
Glen Burnie 11, Hammond 1