Senior Eric Tischer curled a left-footed corner kick into the upper far corner of the net, giving top-ranked Centennial a 2-1, come-from-behind overtime victory against Walt Whitman last night.
Tischer's shot came in the fifth minute of the first sudden-death period at rain-drenched Whitman and touched off a jubilant but soggy victory celebration to the right of Whitman's net.
"It was the first time I've scored off a corner kick during a game," Tischer said. It was his second goal of the season.
Whitman (2-1) of Montgomery County was ranked No. 3 in the Washington area.
Centennial (4-0) of Howard County -- ranked No. 1 in the Baltimore area -- set up a tying goal with 18 minutes left to play when forward Josh Baer, on the run, took Mike Resau's pass 30 yards from the goal near the right sideline. Baer then outran his defender and kicked the ball past oncoming goalie Dave Wagner just inside the left post.
That goal ended a frustrating second half during which the Eagles dominated offensively. Centennial had seven corner kicks the second half and Whitman none.
"We were not disciplined in our passing," Centennial coach Bill Stara said.
Whitman gained a 1-0 lead in the 30th minute of the first half when junior halfback Karsten DaPonte curved a 30-yard kick into the far-right corner of the net. It was his second goal of the year.
"It was one of those shots that goes in one in 100 times," Stara said. "But there's no question we dodged a bullet tonight."
Whitman coach Sam DeBone said: "I was happy with the way we played tonight. We're young, and we have some weaknesses."