Kristen Dinisio scored 11 goals to pace Centennial over visiting Hammond, 21-10, yesterday in a Class 1A-2A South Region quarterfinal game.
"This is the Kristen I know," said Centennial coach Nickie Jordan. "She had some slow games recently, so she needed this."
"I came out a little harder because we were down three defensive starters," said Dinisio, whose five first-half goals helped the Eagles to a 12-3 advantage. "The shots were there and I just took them."
Centennial (10-3) will travel to Oakland Mills for a 3: 30 p.m. semifinal game tomorrow. In the other South Region semifinal, Mount Hebron will play host to Glenelg, also at 3: 30 p.m.
Hammond (6-6) played with more intensity in the second half, and scored four straight -- on goals by Amanda Almon (five goals), Lauren Traber, Katie Fink and Monica Serianni -- to pull within 16-9 with eight minutes remaining. But Dinisio and Alexia Vogler (five goals) each scored twice to give the Eagles a 20-9 cushion with 3: 29 left.
Centennial was without defensive starters Mary Christine, Jessica Euler and Michelle Flather. Stacie Tokasz, Megan McDonald and Carolyn Payne took their places.
Hammond reached the state tournament last year, and Almon said the season was "a little disappointing. We had hoped to give some teams better games, like we did in the second half today."
"I thought we had a lot of offensive thrusts, but our shots didn't fall," said Hammond coach Gay Petrlik. "I was proud with the way they played."
In other 1A-2A South region quarterfinals:
Mount Hebron 19, River Hill 4: The sixth-ranked Vikings (12-3) took a 10-1 halftime lead against the host Hawks (9-5). Lauren Kickham scored four goals -- all in the first half -- and Annie Collins and Kristin Marshall each had three. Tracey Bounds and Emily Payne had two each, and Bounds added five assists.
"I was really happy with the way we played," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson, whose team will host Glenelg tomorrow in a semifinal game. "We dominated the game and took a lot of shots. Their goalie [Carly Jones, 19 saves] had a great game." Amy Willis scored twice to lead River Hill.
Oakland Mills 10, Atholton 9: Andrea Donovan's goal with 9: 41 left gave Oakland Mills a 10-8 lead and the Scorpions (4-10) held on to beat the host Raiders (2-11). Atholton's Sarah Pierson made it a one-goal game with 3: 29 remaining.
"It became a tremendous defensive battle," said Oakland Mills coach Bob Bjerkaas. "Both teams did a great job." Dawn Christensen scored three goals and Donovan and Kathleen Condon each had two for the Scorpions, who have won three straight.
"I'm very proud of their effort," said Bjerkaas, whose team lost to Atholton by five goals last month. Katie Lee led Atholton, which jumped out to a 2-0 lead, with four goals.
Glenelg 19, Howard 5: Erin Kortecamp scored seven goals and Rachel Ford and Kelly O'Connor each had four to lead host Glenelg (9-6) over Howard (4-10). Christin Allison had two goals for the Lions.
"I thought we played very well," said Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid. "This team has come a long way."
Pub Date: 5/10/98