Tag: Mckenna Griffin

Girls’ Soccer Loses in State Semifinal

Words: Zach Grable

On Saturday, November 12, the Centennial Eagles Girls’ Varsity Soccer team played the Urbana Hawks in the 3A State Semifinals at Linganore High School.

Although temperatures approached freezing, this very important game brought many fans from each school to the stadium.

The first half was scoreless. Centennial had multiple opportunities from senior Jasmine McCree, junior Kelli Dunagan, and sophomore Mckenna Griffin, yet they could not finish. The Hawks didn’t have as many opportunities, but also could not put one through the net. This was mainly because of the Eagles’ strong defense, led by seniors Sandy Eichhorn, Madi Griffin, and Cristina Narron, and junior Claudia Pilcher.

Mid way through the second half, Urbana had a breakaway that led to the first and only goal of the game. There was some controversy about this goal because it could have been offsides. With about twelve minutes left in the game, Centennial tried their best to tie, or even win, the game. They had some chances, including a shot by Narron that hit the crossbar. The Eagles were running low on time, and had one final chance to score. A corner by sophomore Ashley Deng could’ve tied the game for Centennial, but it was kicked out by an Urbana player. The final score was 1-0, Urbana.

Centennial fought until the end and had a great season, winning the Regional Finals for the first time since 2004. The Eagles hope to have a good season next year with many returning players.

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Girls’ Soccer Wins Regional Championship

Words: Zach Grable

On Monday, November 7, the Centennial Girls’ Varsity Soccer team beat the Westminster Owls for the 3A Regional Finals.

Centennial started off the half with a huge desire to crush the Owls. They quickly put three goals in the net. Junior Kelli Dunagan passed the ball to senior Jasmine McCree for the first goal of the game that gave the Eagles a boost of morale. Shortly after, sophomore Mckenna Griffin received a ball from McCree and flew by multiple defenders to give Centennial a 2-0 lead. However, the Eagles were not done yet. They kept up their intensity and scored yet another goal by McCree. Although no goals were scored for the rest of the half, the Eagles did not let up their offensive attacks.

In the second half, the Eagles suffered a devestating injury. McCree injured her hamstring, and Coach Baxter put in freshman Sarah Sophchick. Sopchick had a stellar game, and scored a unassisted goal to give the Eagles their fourth and final goal.

Centennial will move onto the State Semi-Finals on Saturday, November 12, against Urbana High School.

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Girls’ Soccer Wins Second Round of Playoffs

Words: Zach Grable

Photos: Jeremy Hall

On Tuesday, November 1, the Centennial Girls’ Varsity soccer team beat the Reservoir Gators 3-2, in the second round of playoffs.

The playoff game was a revenge match for the Eagles as Reservoir handed them a loss less than two weeks ago.

The game started with the Eagles trailing Reservoir 1-0. One of Centennial’s starting wings, sophomore Mckenna Griffin, helped the team quickly bounce back. Griffin got on the end of a cross sent into the box and headed it in for a goal.

The Gators scored yet another goal to put them in the lead. This time, Centennial followed up with two goals, both by junior Kelli Dunagan.

Centennial was able to keep their lead despite the offensive pressure Reservoir created.

The Eagles play at Atholton High School on Thursday, November 4, in the third round of playoffs.

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Girls’ Soccer Falls to Howard

Words: Meghan Moore

Photos: Lara Cahow

On Friday, September 16, 2016, the Girls’ Varsity Soccer team lost their first game of the season, 1-0, to the Howard Lions.

The beginning of the first half was dominated by the Centennial offense. With a merciless defensive side stonewalling Howard’s goal attempts left and right. Centennial’s strong offense was led by juniors Kelli Dunagan, Kirsten Wikner, senior Jasmine McCree as well as help from sophomores Ashley Molz and Mckenna Griffin.

By the half, the Centennial defense led by junior Claudia Piltcher had fought off Howard’s many attempts to score, and went into halftime tied at 0-0.

The Eagles came out strong in the second half, determined and unforgiving on the Lion’s defense. Despite Centennial’s energy, Howard was able to score off a corner kick at the beginning of the second half, making the score 1-0.

While Centennial dominated for the majority of the game, and put 28 shots on goal, they were unable to make it onto the scoreboard.

The Eagles will face off against River Hill High School on Tuesday, September 20.

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Girls’ Soccer Defeats Marriotts

Words: Michael Moore

Photos: Hunter Hall

On Thursday, October 1, Centennial Girls’ Soccer took the field in the rain against Marriotts Ridge. In need of a win, Centennial came to play, earning a 4-1 win over the Mustangs.

The first goal for the Eagles came from freshman Mckenna Griffin less than five minutes into the game. Griffin, along with seniors Reese Western and Jesse Dunagan, and juniors Jasimine McCree and Sandy Eichhorn, helped the Eagles dominate the time of possession battle in the early parts of the first half.

The defense held off the Mustang’s offense for most of the half. Seniors Megan Oliver and Lynsey Reckard, along with junior Cristina Narron locked down the opposing offense.

The Mustangs put a long range shot into the back of the net with under five minutes left in the half, but Griffin would answer with her second goal of the game off of an assist from Western three minutes later, taking a 2-1 lead into halftime.

That lead turned into 3-1 when a shot from sophomore Kelli Dunagan bounced off a Mustang defender and into the goal less than five minutes into the second half.

McCree would put it at 4-1 off another fantastic assist from Western at the 23 minute mark to put the game away.

With this meaningful win, they team will look for another win against Hammond on October 6.

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Girls’ Soccer Beats Catonsville in Historic Win on New Turf

Photos: Hunter Hall and Shalini Malhotra

Words: Michael Moore

On Tuesday, September 1, the new turf field and Centennial saw its first game action as the Centennial Girls’ Soccer team scrimmaged visiting Catonsville High School, coming out on top. This was the first game held on Centennial’s new turf field. The team christened the field with a shout-out win setting the standards high for the upcoming fall season.

 

The Eagles came out firing early, creating numerous scoring chances in the first ten minutes. Along with getting the goal opportunities, the Eagles also dominated the possession battle. Senior Reese Western made the offense work, beating her defender to the ball countless times and generating opportunities for herself as well as her teammates. Fellow senior Jesse Dunagan was also an offensive threat, letting multiple shots fly in the first half.

 

With 7:38 left in the first half, freshman Mckenna Griffin found herself on a breakaway and buried the ball in the opposite corner for the first goal not only of the season, but also of her high school career.

 

The Eagles entered the second half with a 1-0 lead.

 

The second half was almost a mirror image of the first. The Eagles were a threat and created many opportunities. The defense however was a big part of the possession advantage. Junior Cristina Narron and senior goalie Allie Durkee, anchored a defense that was very effective.

 

Western generated offense in the second half, and with the help of junior Jasmine McCree and sophomore Kirsten Wikner, the Catonsville team had their hands full trying to stop the dynamic Centennial offense.

 

The night however, would not be over for Griffin. With just over 9:30 to play, she was forced to the ground in the penalty box, and was awarded and penalty kick. As she placed the ball on the new turf, she collected herself and stuck the shot right under the crossbar for her second goal of the game.

 

With a great mix of young talent and veteran experience, the Eagles will look to build off this scrimmage and take what they learned into the regular season.

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