No. 2 River Hill boys soccer leads No. 10 Centennial, 2-0, in game halted at halftime

The River Hill boys soccer team has played fast and efficient all season, and that was the case again Thursday against visiting Centennial.

At least for the first half.

In a game suspended at halftime because of a heavy thunderstorm that hit Clarksville, the No. 2 Hawks claimed a 2-0 advantage with the game set to resume at 3:30 p.m. Friday.

Alex Krause and Justin Harris scored goals to provide the advantage.

River Hill is 8-0 overall and 6-0 in Howard County, while the Eagles take a 6-2 and 4-2 record into Friday’s second half.

Just how dominant have the Hawks been this season? Going into Friday’s second half, they have outscored their nine opponents 32-1.

On Thursday, the Hawks controlled play from the start and Krause proved opportunistic to give them a 1-0 lead in the 15th minute. Working the left side of the field, he pressured a defender into a takeaway and headed straight to the goal with the ball, placing a shot from 12 yards inside the far post.

More from Krause came less than three minutes later.

After settling a quick throw-in from right fullback Cameron Clairmont along the right side, he split two defenders to reach the end line before sending a short pass across for Harris to tap in for the 2-0 lead.

River Hill has an 8-1 advantage in shots on goal with Centennial’s only shot on frame coming with 8:25 to play in the half. Heavy rain began falling in the closing minute of the first half with thunder and lightning following at the break. The game was called soon after as the lightning continued and River Hill was originally declared the winner. But the ruling was changed later Thursday night with the game needing to be completed on Friday.

Goals: RH — Krause, Harris. Assists: RH — Krause. Saves: C — Cook 6; RH — Sherlock 1. Half: RH, 2-0.

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