ROSWELL -- For more than a half, Meadowcreek hung tough with No. 3 Centennial in their first-round boys soccer playoff match on Wednesday.
However, the Knights offense wore down the Mustangs in the second half, scoring three goals in a 15-minute span to win 3-0.
"We wanted to be aggressive in our 4-3-3," Meadowcreek head coach Oscar Narvaez said. "Unfortunately, we caught some bad breaks in the second half."
Throughout the game, Meadowcreek struggled to get anything going in the offensive zone due to the suffocating Centennial defense.
Meadowcreek's defense stepped up in the same way, thwarting opportunity after opportunity the Knights had.
Rodrigo Reyes made a diving head save in the first minute after the ball got away from goalie Peter Gutierrez. But Gutierrez wouldn't go without great saves of his own.
Twice Centennial's Cameron Bean had header opportunities off throw-ins and twice Gutierrez made diving saves. Then, Sterling Wendt had an opportunity in front of the goal to which Gutierrez made another save.
Neither team had many chances through the last half of the first as both teams hunkered down.
"We had some good results in the first half," Narvaez said.
Centennial kept up the pressure in the second half, getting close on multiple throw-ins into the box.
Finally, the Knights put a goal on the scoreboard when Wendt took his breakaway opportunity and put it into the back of the net.
And it wouldn't end there as Bean and Dioney Vega added goals with 15:00 and 10:52 to go in the game.
"It's not all bad," Narvaez said. "We'll have most of the team returning next year, which will be good for this program."