The Centennial Girls soccer team notched their biggest win of the season so far, taking down the #1 ranked Pope Greyhounds 4-3 in the Fortress on Tuesday night. The Greyhounds came out fast, putting in two goals in the first 15 minutes, but the Knights clawed their way back. After a strong change of pace and build up in play, Grace Smith slotted a ball to Maddy Peterson who hit a beautiful shot to put the Knights on the board. Eight minutes later Peterson struck again, this time intercepting a ball and racing 55 yards, beating two defenders and the keeper, for an unassisted goal to tie the game. The rest of the half remained even until the Knights struck again. This time it was Elizz Correa assisted by Karissa Reed and Centennial went to halftime up 3-2.
In the 2nd half, the Knights came out strong and Elizz Correa got her 2nd of the night, assisted by Peterson after a Reed corner kick. Pope would score again to make it 4-3 but the Knights held off a strong Pope attack with great goalkeeping by Maddie Baer and stellar defending from a combined back line of Gabby Smith, Kali Ross, Isabel Duplessis, and Briya Philip; along with help from Briyanna Philip and Grace Smith. The Knights now sit at 2-3 in Region 7 play with 3 games remaining.
The boys game took 24 hours to finish but it was all Centennial from the start. Deedson Vixamar scored two goals and Kevin Velasquez and Ben Pfeifer both scored to put the Knights up 4-0 in the first 32 minutes. The game was suspended at that point due to power outage, lightning, high winds and general Armageddon. Play resumed on Wednesday night, with Vixamar scoring two more goals to give the Knights a comfortable 6-1 victory over the visiting Greyhounds. The Knights are 4-1 in Region 7 play, and are closing in on a spot in the playoffs.
Both teams are back in action on Tuesday night, as they take on Region 7 opponent Dunwoody in the Fortress. Girls kickoff at 5:55 and boys will begin at 8pm.