Tag: Savya Konkalmatt

Wrestling’s Tri-Match

Words: Michael Moore

On Tuesday, December 12, the Centennial Wrestling Team participated in a tri-match at home between Long Reach and Glenelg.

Centennial went 1-1 on the day, falling to Glenelg by 12 points, and beating Long Reach 72-6.

Senior Austin Kraisser went 2-0 on the day, registering two pins. Senior Cameron Neilon, junior Ammar Narmouq,  sophomores Jacob Blyukher, and Luke Shapiro all registered wins against Glenelg, an undefeated team. Freshman Jason Kraisser also pinned his opponent.

Against Long Reach, Blyukher, Ammar and Amr Narmouq all came away with victories. Senior Savya Konkalmatt got his first win in his only match of the day, and Hussain Naveed and Peter Gruys also helped give the Eagles a convincing win.

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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