URBANA — All game long, the Centennial girls’ soccer team thought a goal was coming.
They just didn’t know when.
Dagny Olson provided the answer.
The senior scored the only goal of the Class 2A Urbana Regional title match to lift the third-seeded Chargers past top-seeded Mahomet-Seymour 1-0.
And it couldn’t have come at a more opportune time. After the Chargers (11-4-2) won control of the ball near midfield, Olson received a pass. She emerged from a crowd of three players and launched a shot from about 22 yards that snuck past M-S goalie Kathy Bradley near the right post and into the back of the net.
“Even though there was only two minutes left, we had absorbed so much of their pressure,” Centennial coach Hsiung Marler said. “I think a lot of our girls realized we could do more than just absorb. We knew we could win this game. We believed. In the huddle, after the game, that’s what everybody was saying.”
Olson gives them reason to. The forward scored her team-leading 30th goal of the season, using her skills to separate herself when she had to.
“A lot of people have been telling us we didn’t belong here,” Marler said. “To a certain degree, I think that Mahomet is clearly a better team one through 11. We have the best player in the area in Dagny, and we’ve got a lot of seniors who are committed to doing whatever it takes to get the win.”
The Bulldogs (13-4-3) outshot Centennial 10-3, and Marler credited Bradley, along with midfielders Sarah VanWingerden and Catherine McHale, for keeping the game tight.
“Bradley had a phenomenal game,” Marler said. “They had more shots in quantity, but we had quality shots. We did exactly what the game plan was. We wanted to keep them at a distance and not give them open looks. They had good chances and had a lot of corner kicks, but there wasn’t as many dangerous chances. That’s what we wanted to do, and our defense did a good job.”