In the ongoing battle for bragging rights between the private schools and public schools, Centennial's field hockey team racked one up for the public schools yesterday, defeating Notre Dame Prep, 2-0.
The No. 10 Eagles (2-0) not only could brag about their victory, but about their spectacular Bermuda grass field and new electronic scoreboard.
The scoreboard caused the game to start 30 minutes late, however. During the scoreboard's installation, the automatic timing of the field's sprinkler system was disrupted and it began watering the field shortly before game time. It's not supposed to come on until 9:30 p.m.
Alex Hope, who scored Centennial's first goal with 17:20 left in the first half, said the late start was no big deal as far as upsetting her team's mental preparation.
"We knew it would be a tough game, because we tied 0-0 last year even though they dominated," said the attack, one of 11 seniors. "They're a very good team, but we outplayed them. We moved the ball more and made more possession passes. And we finished more than they did."
Hope's goal started with a pass from Molly Brickel to Sara Siegel at the stroke mark. Siegel then passed to Hope at the left post. She scored from there over the goalkeeper's shoulder.
Later in the half, the Eagles squandered a scoring chance when defender Marianne Klingaman missed a penalty stroke after a Notre Dame player was called for being in the cage and hitting out a Centennial shot.
But Klingaman got a rare second penalty stroke with 10:32 left in the game after the goalkeeper was penalized for a dangerous play. And this time Klingaman nailed it off the goalkeeper's left glove for Centennial's second goal.
"The second time I was very focused and knew where I was shooting," she said. "The first time I was not as focused."
Siegel, a junior attackman, was voted by her teammates as the game's top performer.
"She kept pushing up and was always where she needed to be and was very aggressive," Klingaman said.
Also outstanding for Centennial was goalkeeper Dayna Eng, who made six saves.
"Dana was phenomenal," said Eagles coach Gail Purcell. "She controlled the circle and the big difference in the game was the keepers."
Centennial outshot Notre Dame 13-6 and had eight corners to four for Notre Dame (0-1).
Notre Dame coach Erin Gillin said she has a young team that should get better as the season progresses. "It's just a matter of jelling."