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Centennial Soccer Season Recap

Words: Joey Sedlacko

As the 2019-20 fall sports season comes to an end, we look back on the accomplishments of Centennial’s soccer program.

Under first-year head coach Hank Hurren, the girls’ Varsity soccer team finished the regular season with a 5-3-1 in-county record and an overall record of 8-5-1.

“Our team was most proud of the easy transition we had from our old coach to our new coach. We had a new coach with a new coaching style and we came out with a winning season that was much better than the years past. It was something that many of us were worried about going in but it really ended up being better and we accomplished more than any of us could have imagined,” senior Gabrielle Castle-Smith said.

The team’s chemistry stood out to senior captain Ashely Bilger and was a reason their team was successful.

“Our team chemistry really improved throughout the season. The girls on JV last year and the returning Varsity players had to get accustomed to playing with each other. With each practice there was improvement, and we began to connect really well in games,” stated Bilger. “Coach also emphasized the importance of communication this season. I think that was an area we really struggled with, but with practice and repetition we were better [at] communicating on the field.”

The girls’ season came to an end when rival Mount Hebron High School knocked the team out in the first round of the playoffs.

As for the boys, their Varsity team ended the season with an overall record of 8-6-1. After a slow start to the year, they changed their mindset which helped them find success later on in the season.

“We turned our season around in the second half. We played with more intensity and came into each game with a winning attitude,” said senior captain Zach Grable.

Although the team lost in the opening round of the playoffs against Marriotts Ridge High School, they reflect positively on the season.

The highlight of the season, according to senior Darian Avery, came when they defeated River Hill High School, one of the top teams in the state.

“We made the best out of a young team that began with little chemistry and turned it into a team that played with plenty of pride,” Avery said. “We started off slow, but ended up taking down River Hill, which was definitely our proudest moment this season.”

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Centennial Football Season Comes to an End

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Adithi Soogoor

Centennial’s Varsity football team suited up for the last time for the final game of the season on Friday, November 1. The Eagles were defeated by Hammond High School by a score of 28-0.

Before the game, nine seniors on the football team were honored for their commitment and dedication to the program.

In the first quarter, Hammond started the game strong and returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. They continued to extend their lead throughout the first half and finished the second quarter with a 20-0 lead.

During halftime, seniors in the Centennial marching band, color guard, and Counterpoint were honored.

In the third quarter, Centennial’s defense held strong and gave up zero points. However, another touchdown scored by Hammond in the fourth quarter secured the 28 point victory.

The Eagles finished the season with a 1-7 record, but were able to end a 25-game losing streak after defeating rival Mount Hebron High School earlier in the year.

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Centennial Allied Soccer Wins County Championship

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Melissa Notti

On Thursday, October 24, the Centennial Allied Soccer team defeated Oakland Mills High School 4-0 to win the Howard County Championship and complete their undefeated season.

Both teams came into the championship game with their undefeated season on the line. It was a great all-around performance for the Eagles. JJ Howser-Doty led the way for Centennial’s offense with two goals. Additionally, Matthew Na and Marcie Cohen each scored a goal.

Centennial’s defense dominated and goalie Mike McCarthy held the Scorpions to zero goals.

With the championship victory, the Eagles finished the season with a 7-0 record.

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The Streak is Over: Centennial Football Captures Their First Win Since 2016

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos Contributed by: Kelli McDonough-Schlehr

On Saturday, October 19, the Centennial Varsity football team ended a 25-game losing streak after defeating rival Mount Hebron High School 41-26.

It has been a rollercoaster for the Centennial Football program the past few years. Their last victory came during week one of the 2016 season; the Varsity team was disbanded for the 2017 season, and in 2018 the Eagles were unable to score a single point.

“[The win] meant a lot to the kids because they put in a lot of hard work,” said head coach Billy Martin. “There were so many reasons they could have given up but they decided to keep working hard throughout the season.”

The Eagles were able to defeat Mount Hebron for the first time since 2013, thanks to the team’s 28 points in the fourth quarter and crucial plays by both the offense and defense.

“It felt like a dream come true,” said senior Anthony Matthews. “From the opening kickoff, I could feel the energy in the stadium and I live for moments like that. Me and my teammates told ourselves we were going to win this game for the school and for ourselves and that’s what we did.”

The game started as a defensive battle. It wasn’t until the second quarter when junior Khalil Conteh scored a rushing touchdown for the Eagles to give Centennial the 7-0 lead. However, Mount Hebron tied up the half with 16 seconds left after a long touchdown pass, and the two teams went into halftime tied at 7-7.

In the third quarter, the Eagles’ offense started to find their rhythm. Centennial drove down the field and senior quarterback Malik Chester gave the Eagles a 13-7 lead after scoring a rushing touchdown with 7:08 remaining.

Mount Hebron responded late in the third quarter with a touchdown of their own, but the Eagles stopped the Vikings on the two-point conversion to keep the game knotted at 13-13. The fourth quarter was a back-and-forth game with five lead changes and 41 total points scored.

In the beginning of the final quarter, senior Muchiri Mbugua made a pivotal defensive play and intercepted a pass from the Mount Hebron quarterback, then returned it for a touchdown to give Centennial a 19-13 lead.

The Vikings regained a 20-19 lead minutes later after a passing touchdown. Centennial and Mount Hebron showed no signs of giving up as each team scored another rushing touchdown. The Eagles found themselves down 26-25 with around four minutes remaining in the game.

“We knew this was going to be a close game and we had to stay focused no matter what. Every time it seemed like we had the momentum, they would come back, do their job, and shift the momentum again. We reminded ourselves why we came here and that helped us stay unfazed,” said senior Mbugua.

Chester guided the Eagles downfield and converted a crucial fourth down play. A 23-yard rushing touchdown by running back Conteh followed by a successful two-point conversion gave the Eagles a 33-26 lead.

“We kept our composure and stayed focused on each play to get the job done. We stayed the course and kept executing offensively,” said Martin.

The Centennial defense needed to stop the Vikings one last time and they did exactly that. Matthews’ interception return for a touchdown with 33 seconds left sealed the 41-26 victory.

“We had a winning mindset going into this game and we did a really good job of blocking out all the noise and just focusing on our jobs and coming out with a win,” Matthews stated.

The football team will take on Poolesville High School for their next game on October 25.

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Centennial Varsity Volleyball Defeats Oakland Mills High School

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Noorie Kazmi

The Centennial Varsity volleyball team won in straight sets on Wednesday, October 16, for their third in-county win of the season. It was the annual Dig Pink volleyball game for the Eagles as Centennial wore pink jerseys and raised money for the fight against breast cancer.

The Eagles commanding win over Oakland Mills High School snapped a two-game losing streak for Centennial.

The volleyball team will celebrate their senior night on Thursday, October 24.

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Centennial Varsity Girls’ Soccer Loses Close Match on Senior Night

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Sara Ferrara

The Centennial Varsity Girls’ soccer team lost their second in-county game of the season after a close 1-0 match versus River Hill High School on Tuesday, October 15.

Before the game, the soccer program celebrated the accomplishments of their eight seniors: Leah Alkire, Ashley Bilger, Gabrielle Castle-Smith, Maddie Hasson, Selia Jackson, Carolina Pellegrini, Sarah Sopchick, and Hannah Souba.

In the first half, it was a back-and-forth game and both teams had many scoring chances. It was not until 5:24 left in the half when River Hill scored the first goal of the game.

With eight seconds remaining in the first half, Centennial was awarded a penalty kick, but the River Hill goalie made a crucial save to keep the Eagles scoreless.

The Eagles offense generated many opportunities throughout the second half, but were unable to finish. In the end, River Hill held on to their 1-0 lead and won the game.

The soccer team will face Marriotts Ridge High School on October 17 for their last regular season game.

 

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Centennial Boys’ Varsity Soccer Dominates on Senior Night

Words: Joey Sedlacko

Photos: Sara Ferrara & Eliza Andrew

The Centennial Boys’ Varsity soccer team faced off against opponent Long Reach High School on Thursday, October 10, defeating the Lightning 4-0 after a strong all-around performance from the Eagles.

Before the game, senior players and their families were recognized for their commitment to the soccer program. Seniors Ryan Zaman, Kyutae Sim, Darian Avery, Zach Grable, Rob Hix, Elliott Keppler, Radwan Mezghanni, Toby Moser, and Kieran Senisi were all honored.

The Eagles’ offense took advantage of scoring opportunities in the first half. Juniors Bryson Baker and Kevin Salazar, as well as sophomore Sammy Molz, each scored a goal to put the Eagles up 3-0 going into halftime.

The defense for Centennial continued their solid play from previous games and held their opponent to zero goals for the third straight match.

A goal by senior Elliott Keppler sealed the victory for Centennial.

“It was a very good team win. We made smart decisions and played calm in the back. We also controlled the midfield well and finished our chances,” said Baker.

With this win, the Eagles are now 5-3. In their next game on October 15, the soccer team will face River Hill High School, the toughest opponent in the county.

 

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