Tag: Bobby Nasafi

A Fall Farewell

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Though graduation may be a few months away, some Centennial seniors will be saying farewell before winter begins. For many athletes, the fall sports season ends in mid November, and resumes the following August. For these seniors, however, once the fall season ends, they won’t be returning next year. The end of the fall season means saying goodbye to a team, coach, sport, and program.

Senior Alana Morgante has played four years on the Centennial field hockey team. Over the course of her high school career, Morgante has made many memories and friends that she will carry with her entering college.

Going into this year, Morgante was excited for the season. “I’d played with all the girls before and knew that we connect well on and off the field so I knew the season was going to be a blast,” said Morgante. During her four years playing for Centennial, Morgante said she has learned how important communication is. “Good communication among teammates and coaches makes the difference in a functional, honest team,” Morgante said. Next fall, Morgante is looking to continue her field hockey career in college by playing on an intramural or recreational team.

During his four years at Centennial, Bobby Nasafi has been a part of the boys’ soccer team. Nasafi had high hopes going into his last year playing for Centennial. Nasafi said, “We felt confident going into the season because [the team] knew what our strengths and weaknesses were.” The team has had an extremely successful season, giving Nasafi a strong ending to his high school career.

Now that Nasafi’s time playing at Centennial has ended, he reflected on the memories and lessons he learned while wearing a Centennial uniform. “Playing a sport at Centennial has taught me that for a team to be successful, it has to be united and have players that trust each other,” said Nasafi. Even during hard practices, Nasafi appreciated the guys that surrounded him. Nasafi said his favorite part of playing for Centennial was “struggling with my teammates at every practice. The bonds formed when running hills or sprints will last a lifetime.” Though Nasafi hopes to continue playing soccer in college, he said he will miss the friendly banter between his Centennial teammates during practice and scrimmages.

As she entered into her senior year, Ally Rice prepared to play her first and last season on Centennial’s varsity volleyball team. With the potential of a great season, Rice wanted to meet the high expectations for this year’s team.

“‘Every Play Every Day’ is our team motto this year, it reminds us that every little thing we do is important to be successful as a team,” said Rice. During the season, Rice said, “I’ve had so many good memories at Centennial…it’s hard to pick a favorite.” The volleyball team has had an excellent run and beat rival Mt. Hebron during the regular season.

Next year, Rice is interested in playing volleyball as well as other sports at either the club or intramural level. Though excited about college, Rice said, “I’ve made some of my best friends through volleyball and I’m going to miss being on a team with them.”

Playing a sport at Centennial has allowed multiple athletes to learn many lessons that are important on and off the field, like communication and trust. The graduating seniors will carry their favorite memories from practices and games with them to college in the fall. Even though the seniors will not be returning to Centennial, they will always remember their time spent playing in a Centennial jersey.

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Boys’ Soccer Defeats Hebron in Third Round of Playoffs

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Thursday, November 5, Centennial Boys’ Soccer defeated rival Mt. Hebron in the third round of playoffs. The game was intense and stressful; the win finally decided after two overtimes and penalty kicks.

Motivated by two heartbreaking losses in the previous playoff seasons, the Eagles came out as a dominant force, creating many offensive chances and clearing many of Hebron’s attacks.  Senior goalie EJ Fowler, senior defenders Bobby Nasafi and Tom Brown, and junior defender Ryan Maher kept Hebron’s offense off of the scoreboard for most of the first half.

On the offensive side, senior Michael Merkey and juniors Paul Drutch and Ammar Narmouq continuously beat the Hebron defense through expert passing and foot skill.

The Eagles struggled initially, but when once they found their rhythm, they quickly produced a goal.

At the 20 minute mark of the first half, Sophomore Nick Haskins dribbled past the Hebron defense and slid the ball past the goalie giving the Eagles a 1-0 lead. Though the Eagles continued to play hard, the Viking offense was able to get a goal with 8:24 left in the half.

The Eagles and Vikings were tied 1-1 at the half.

Entering the second half, both teams came out with a vengeance. As the fog moved in and covered the field, the crowd grew louder as the teams battled it out on the field. Narmouq and Merkey created many goal scoring opportunities but were unable to put any in. The Eagle defense stopped the Vikings’ momentum by heading out any crosses from our defensive third.

The game became physical as fatigue set in, but the boys continued to play hard. The Eagles hit many impressive free kicks but were unable to score until the last two minutes of the game when Narmouq took the ball down the left flank of the field and got the ball past the goalie.

With seconds left the Eagles were winning 2-1, but the Vikings continued to fight and were able to score with four seconds left.

The game was tied at 2-2 at the end of regulation.

Neither team scored in the first overtime and few chances were created on either side of the field.

During the second overtime, the Vikings had many close chances, but Fowler, Brown, and Maher kept the ball from going into the net. Haskins and Narmouq generated many offensive chances and won many corners for the team, but the Eagles remained scoreless. At the end of overtime, the teams were still tied and headed into PKs.

Centennial took the first PK,  and Merkey hit it past the keeper, but the Hebron player did the same.  Nasafi took the second kick, and scored, but the Vikings answered with a goal of their own. Junior Justin Breedlove took the third shot. The Hebron goalie guessed correctly and got a hand on the ball, but Breedlove hit the ball hard enough that it was able to go through. Hebron missed their third shot, giving the Eagles an edge. Narmouq scored on the fourth PK, and Hebron made another shot. Brown missed the fifth shot, but the Eagles were still up 4-3. With the game on the line, Fowler stepped up and saved the Vikings final shot, winning the game.  The Eagles quickly began to celebrate as the entire team ran to Fowler and jumped in a dog pile. After shaking hand with the Vikings, the Centennial fans sprinted onto the field to congratulate their team.

The Eagles will take on Atholton at home on Tuesday, November 10,  to compete for the Regional Title.

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Boys’ Soccer Beats Reservoir in Playoffs

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Tuesday, November 3, the Centennial Boys’ Soccer team took on the Reservoir Gators in the second round of the state soccer playoffs. A strong second half performance by the Eagles offense provided them with a 3-0 victory over the visiting Gators.

During the first half, the Eagles’ offense dominated with senior Michael Merkey and juniors Paul Drutch and Ammar Narmouq leading the attack. They were not able to find the back of the net however, with the Reservoir goalie making many key saves in the first half. Seniors Bobby Nasafi and Savya Konkalmatt, along with juniors Justin Breedlove and Noah Taylor, provided assistance to the offensive charge.

On defense, the Eagles were led by the direction of seniors EJ Fowler and Tom Brown.

In the second half, the scoring came fast and furious. Merkey blasted the ball into the net quickly followed by a goal from junior Shawn Atmar. Junior Narmouq added an insurance goal to put the game out of reach for the Gators.

With this win, the Eagles move on to play Mount Hebron on Thursday, November 5, at 7pm.

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Boys’ Soccer Defeats Wilde Lake in Penalty Kicks

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Izzie Chausse

On Thursday, October 29, the Centennial Boys’ Soccer team took on the Wilde Lake Wildecats in the first round of the state playoffs.

From the opening whistle, the game was neck and neck. While Centennial controlled possession for most of the game, the Wilde Lake goalie kept the Eagles out of the net. Senior Michael Merkey and junior Paul Drutch led the offensive push, with seniors Bobby Nasafi and Savya Konkalmatt helping from the midfield.

The first half ended in a 0-0 tie, with both teams trying to break through.

The second half was much of the same for both teams. The Eagles generated good offense, but could not find the back of the net.

When Wilde Lake did get a breakaway, the defensive duo of seniors Tom Brown and EJ Fowler denied any chance, with Fowler making great plays as the goalie.

The second half would end just the same as the first half, in a 0-0 tie. The game would go into two ten-minute overtime periods, both of which saw no goals being scored.The two teams who had battled it out for 100 minutes went to penalty kicks to decide the winner.

Merkey, Nasfi, and junior Justin Breedlove converted on their first three attempts. After Wilde Lake had made their first two shots, they sent their third player to the box. With the crowd loud and the game on the line, Fowler made a huge stop and the Eagles were close to victory. Konkalmatt was the fourth player to come up for the Eagles. The crowd went silent as he blasted the shot into the net.

The game was on the line as Fowler went back to the goal. The Wilde Lake player set up, and hit the post. The game was over. The fans rushed the field and the team tackled Fowler as everyone celebrated a hard fought win.

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Boys’ Soccer Senior Night

Words: Sandy Eichhorn

Photos: Hunter Hall

Boys’ Soccer faced Reservoir for their 2015 Senior Night on Friday, October 23. The team honored nine seniors: Shazabe Akhtar, Tom Brown, EJ Fowler, Josh Kim, Savya Konkalmatt, Ian McQuaid, Michael Merkey, Bobby Nasafi, and Phillip Vea. Along with the players, the team’s two managers, Samantha Courtemanche and Peyton Conley were also honored for their dedication to the team.

Centennial dominated the game, and the offense created many goal scoring opportunities. The Eagles were awarded many free kicks which put pressure on the Gator defense.

The Eagles quickly got a goal scored by junior Ammar Narmouq followed by a goal from sophomore Nick Haskins.

Fowler also kept the ball out of the goal, saving the few shots Reservoir generated. The Eagles ended the half with a 2-0 lead.

The lead quickly extended in the second half when Konkalmatt took a shot from the outside, and Merkey was able to finish on the rebound. The Eagles showed incredible speed and passing abilities throughout the entire field. Though they tried, the Gator forwards could not beat the solid Eagle defense.

Merkey scored another goal with 12 minutes left in the game. The final score was 4-0.

The Eagles finished third in the county with a 8-3 record. The Boys’ Soccer team will continue their season into the playoffs.

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Boys’ Soccer Takes A Triumphant Win Over River Hill

Photos: Hunter Hall

Words: Michael Moore

On Thursday, September 25, the Centennial Boys’ Soccer team took the field to play defending state champion River Hill in a battle of the top two teams in the county.

The game started off as a defensive battle as both teams were struggling to get good offensive movement. Senior goalie EJ Fowler along with defenders Tom Brown, a senior, and Ryan Maher, a junior, kept River Hill from getting many shooting opportunities.

On offense, senior Michael Merkey, and juniors Paul Drutch and Shawn Atmar moved the ball well, creating goal scoring opportunities. Seniors Savya Konkalmatt and Bobby Nasafi generated many long balls intended for Drutch and Merkey, but had trouble connecting.

With less than 10 minutes left in the first half, Merkey got on the end of a cross and rocketed the ball into the far side of the net.

The Eagles ended the half leading the Hawks 1-0.

As the second half progressed, the score was kept at 1-0. With time winding down, the Eagles held the Hawks in their defensive third with high pressure from the midfields and forwards. Atmar was able to get his head on a high ball and aimed at the goal. The impressive header slipped past the goalie and the score was 2-0 with five minutes left in the game.

Though down by two goals, River Hill’s offense pressured hard. The Centennial defense stepped up and stopped the Hawks’ relentless goal attempts. Fowler made countless saves, including a one on one opportunity from a River Hill striker. In addition to Fowler, senior Phillip Vea, along with Brown and Maher held the score at 2-0.

This is a huge win for the Eagles soccer team. Following this win, the team is undefeated in the county and is on track to make a run at the county title.

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