Darby Sinunu scored with about seven minutes left in the game to lift No. 17 Centennial to a 2-1 win over Hammond on Wednesday.
The Eagles improved to 4-2-1 overall and 2-1 in Howard County (HoCo standings) while the Bears fell to 2-2 and 1-2 respectively.
Centennial scored in the fourth minute when Caroline Baker followed up a long shot from Bethany Lucas that was initially saved by the Hammond freshman keeper Julia Reed.
Overall, the first half was fairly even with the Eagles outshooting the Bears, 7-4. Hammond was able to tie the game before halftime.
Centennial dominated the second half outshooting Hammond, 15-1. The winning goal was scored off of a corner kick that was deflected back out of the penalty box. Darby Sinunu hit a powerful shot from outside the 18 to the upper right corner of the goal with about seven minutes left in the game.
Reed made a couple of strong saves to keep Hammond in the game. One was of the spectacular variety, when she dove out to her right to stop a hard shot by Eagles freshman Ruthie Lucas to keep the game tied. Reed ended up with nine saves.
No. 17 Centennial 2, Hammond 1
Goals: C-Baker, Sinunu; Ham –n/a.
Saves: C-Donegan 1, Albornoz 1.