Centennial 2, Wilde Lake 0
A rainout and a postponement forced the Centennial girls' soccer team to wait nearly two weeks after its scheduled season opener to actually play a game. When the 10th-ranked Eagles finally got to play, hosting Wilde Lake in a Howard County game yesterday, they made up for lost time in a 2-0 victory.
Two-time All-Met midfielder Haley Siegel scored on a volley off a long throw-in by junior Danielle Rosanova in the third minute, and freshman forward Elsa Wu capped the scoring in the 59th minute as the Eagles defeated the team that ended their season in last year's Maryland 3A East Region tournament.
"Losing to Wilde Lake last year [a 3-0 loss in the semifinals] was definitely a motivating factor for us," Centennial senior forward Mandy Paizs said. "It was also good to finally open our season, because all day at school we would see each other and ask, 'Is the game canceled, is the game canceled?' "
Centennial, which had its season-opening game against Institute of Notre Dame rained out on Sept. 8 and its game against Fallston postponed last week, did not seem to be affected by the layoff. The Eagles outshot Wilde Lake 26-9 and had little trouble controlling the midfield. Defenders Lauren Palmer, Emily Richter and Sara Cooper shut down a Wilde Lake (3-3, 0-1) offense that featured junior forward Ashley Myrick, one of the Washington area's top forwards.
"Defensively, I couldn't be happier," Centennial Coach Mike Senisi said. "I told our team before the game to remember what it felt like to walk off the field last year after they beat us."
The motivational tactic worked. Rosanova set up the game's first goal when she flung a throw-in through the penalty area to the Santa Clara-bound Siegel, who volleyed it into the net.
"That goal was huge, because it changed the complexion of the game," Wilde Lake Coach Dave Procida said.
On Centennial's second goal, senior forward Rosie Goldberg controlled a loose ball around midfield and delivered a pass as Wu cut inside her defender. Wu was able to slide a shot into the lower right corner of the goal.
"That was a perfect pass by Rosie," Wu said. "She was the reason . . . I was able to score."