Glenelg 1, Centennial 1

Though the Glenelg girls' soccer team squandered an early lead and wound up with a 1-1 tie against host Centennial, the Gladiators felt they left Ellicott City victorious yesterday.

"We're still in first place in the [Howard] county standings," Glenelg Coach Dean Sheridan said. "So the tie is like a win for us and a loss for Centennial."

Glenelg (5-2-1, 4-0-1) has never won a county title and has never been in first place this late in the season, but it is in command of the Howard race with five games remaining. Centennial (4-1-1, 4-1-1) entered yesterday as one of four teams with one league loss.

"Tying Centennial gives us a ton of confidence," Glenelg senior midfielder Meghan Haspert said. "At the start of the season, we thought about winning the state title, not the county title, but now we believe we can be the first team at our school to win it."

Centennial scored the game-tying goal in the 76th minute, when junior midfielder Danielle Rosanova heaved a throw-in across the penalty area to sophomore forward Brittany Pippen, who volleyed it into the upper left corner of the goal. That play prevented Glenelg from posting its first victory over the Eagles since 1998.

"I don't think we came out strong the first 40 minutes of the game," Centennial Coach Mike Senisi said. "But I thought in the second half we had people who were wanting to make something happen."

Glenelg took a 1-0 lead fewer than two minutes into the game, when sophomore forward Amanda Feaga scored off a crossing pass from junior forward Kristen Krammer.

"I definitely think we dominated the first half," Feaga said. "I'm not upset that we tied because we played as hard as we could."

Glenelg's final five regular season games come against Howard County opponents. Four of those teams entered yesterday with a winning record, including defending county champion River Hill, a squad Glenelg had never defeated and will host on Oct. 26.

"We don't have to sit back and wait for someone to get upset so we have a chance at the county title," Sheridan said. "We just have to go out there and take care of business."