Clare scores 7th of season to help Centennial tie No. 8 Oakland Mills, 1-1 Girls soccer


Host and No. 6 Centennial and No. 8 Oakland Mills both scored one early goal, but that's all the offense there was yesterday in a 1-1 double-overtime girls soccer tie.

Centennial (3-2-2, 0-2-1 in Howard County) outshot Oakland Mills 16-10 in an intense game played mostly around the deep penalty zones, where neither team could capitalize on scoring chances.

Oakland Mills (6-0-2, 1-0-2) was outshot, 3-1, in two 10-minute overtimes, including a shot by Centennial link Laura Molinaro that caromed off the left post.

In all, both powers came close, but left empty-handed.

"This game was decided at midfield," said Centennial goalie Laura Bradburn, who had five saves but was rarely tested. "Each defense tightened up and the game was fought at midfield."

Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters said: "There was a lot of hustle out there. Our girls went to the ball hard and [the Eagles] went to the ball hard. Both teams just gave whatever they could give. There wasn't too much left."

The Eagles, fresh off a 3-2 loss to Mount Hebron in which they launched 30 shots, scored first. Striker Michelle Clare got her seventh goal of the season -- a team-high -- controlling a pass from link Allison Hoover in front of the net and shooting into the left corner at the 4:00 mark.

The Scorpions tied the game five minutes later, when striker Tricia Witte scored her 12th goal unassisted. Using quickness and nifty ball-handling, she outmaneuvered defender Jamie Fontaine and attempted a point-blank shot. Bradburn blocked the ball, but it trickled in for a 1-1 game.

"I should have gotten down faster," Bradburn said. "[Witte] got a quick, hard shot on the ground and it got past me."

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