"Long. Hard. Painful."
Those are the words that C. Milton Wright senior goalkeeper Tim Hilyard, who made 14 saves, used to describe his fifth-ranked Mustangs' 3-0 loss to No. 1 Centennial in boys soccer action yesterday.
The same teams met in the state Class 3A championship game last season and the Eagles also won that one.
"This Centennial team is better than last year's," Hilyard said. "They've found more weapons than just [Brian] West and [Matt] Stephenson. That was the best team I've ever faced."
Stephenson scored the first goal off a nice pass from Matt Laycock in the 13th minute. But West, marked by Ryan Nelson, was held scoreless.
The other goals came off stellar individual efforts by Cory Piette (52nd minute) and Andrew Peverly (75th minute).
"All of our goals were good -- not easy ones," Centennial coach Bill Stara said.
* Curley 5, Gilman 1: Curley's five-year, home unbeaten streak rose to 33-0-1, yesterday as All-Metro striker Giuliano Celenza scored four times and Jamie Becker, once, to lift the No. 3 Friars (1-0) over No. 7 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference rival Gilman (3-2).
Evan Kreitzer scored Gilman's lone goal to tie the game in the first half as the Greyhounds lost their second straight game.