Centennial’s girls soccer team lost a heartbreaker to No. 10 River Hill, 1-0, in the Class 3A East Regional semifinals on Friday.
A long throw-in by the Hawks started a sequence of play that led to the only goal of the game with about seven minutes left in the first half.
Senior keeper Erica Albornoz only faced eight shots for the game, but made quite a few great saves and a couple of other great plays coming out of goal to shut things down.
“We held run of play for most of the second half, but River Hill defended well and we weren’t able to get many shots,” said Centennial coach Steve Baxter. “As always, they were dangerous on the counter attack, but we decide to go for it anyhow and take our chances.”
Midway through the second half, the Eagles changed formations and went with three forwards, moving junior Jordan Coburn from central defense to forward.
“We were going to make the move earlier in the half, but were really controlling run of play, so we waited until 18 minutes left to make our change,” Baxter said. “River Hill did a great job of shutting down the middle of the field on their defensive end to keep us from getting many shots off. We had two close shots and a good cross that was deflected back to the keeper off of a defender’s back.”
The Eagles have played in 10 one-goal games in their 16 matches this season. Centennial finished 9-6-1 overall.