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Soccer: Late goal propels Centennial into district finals

Lady Cougars defeat top-seeded Franklin 1-0 in District 12-AAA semis

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Soccer – Centennial at Franklin

Lilli Schmittou comes up with one of her stops in goal for Centennial during the Lady Cougars 1-0 District 12-AAA tournament semifinal win at Franklin on Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020. 

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FRANKLIN – The Centennial High School girls soccer team earned a shot at the District 12-AAA tournament championship after a second consecutive road win Tuesday night at rival and top-seeded Franklin.

Reagan Gentile scored on a cross from Gabrielle Boulay in the 74th minute to lift Centennial into the district title match with a 1-0 win at Franklin, the regular season league champion.

“This final means so much to this team and to the program,” first-year Centennial head coach MaryLynn Williams said. “I have believed that they could make some noise in the district from day one, but after this week, they believe that, too.”

The Lady Cougars up-ended Independence on Monday by scoring on a penalty kick inside the final 40 seconds at Thompson’s Station for a dramatic 3-2 victory. Williams said her team was riding high after advancing past Indy.

“The girls know if they can stay organized defensively and put away any offensive opportunities, we can hang with anyone,” Williams said.

Lilli Schmittou earned the clean sheet in goal for Centennial.

The win erased the sour memory of a 7-0 loss in the Lady Cougars last trip off Hillsboro Road. Franklin cruised to that win on Sept. 10 en route to unbeaten regular season in the district. Centennial bounced back and produced a four-match win streak with district victories over Brentwood and Summit along the way.

The Lady Cougars earned a similar rematch in the district championship against Ravenwood. The Lady Raptors, who defeated Brentwood on the road 1-0 Tuesday, hung a 5-0 loss on Centennial on Oct. 1 in Brentwood.

Thursday’s championship will be at Ravenwood High School and is scheduled for a 7 p.m. start. The winner will join Franklin at the upcoming Region 6-AAA tournament.

Williams, who graduated from Centennial in 2009, was officially hired in June. She said she is “immensely proud” of her team.

“They have come so far since I met them for the first time,” she said.

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