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Centennial scores late goal to advance, tops Broncos

ROSWELL -- Brookwood and Centennial looked as if they were going into overtime tied 1-1 in their second-round state playoff game Wednesday.

However, with 4:36 left to go, Sergio Hinojosa flicked the ball into the goal on a throw-in, giving Centennial a 2-1 win.

"It's tough to lose like that," said Brookwood head coach Daniel Klinect. "I'm really proud of our boys and what they were able to do."

Brookwood looked as if it had all the momentum with 15:31 to go as Bryson Dorsey scored in front to tie the game. Dorsey's goal came on a putback after Centennial (18-2) goalie Matt Celani made a save.

The goal was also the first one the Knights had allowed in 12 games.

"I thought we had them back on their heels," Klinect said. "We made adjustments in the second half and had some success."

From there, Brookwood (12-4-3) had other opportunities, but a late throw-in by the Knights doomed the Broncos.

"They're a team that scores off set pieces," Klinect said. "They have a guy that can get the ball in the goal on throw-ins and the ball just slipped through and they flicked it in."

The Knights and Broncos played a physical game throughout, garnering 20 fouls and four yellow cards during the match.

"We knew they were going to play physical," Klinect said. "We had to match it. I felt like we did that and kept up the intensity."

Centennial scored the first goal late in the first half when Dioney Vega got a shot in front that just went past Andy Harris in goal. However, Vega immediately got a yellow card for taunting, which was the first of three for the Knights.

Early in the second half, Mitch Hotop twice had chances in front of the goalkeeper, but couldn't put the ball in the net.

"Those were two big chances," Klinect said. "If we put those in, we're up 2-1 and it's a different game."

As the second half wore on, Harris continued to make diving saves to keep Brookwood in the game.

After the Broncos scored, Harris came up big three more times, getting dirty on each play to keep the ball out of the net.

While the season ends in a loss for the Broncos, Klinect said it doesn't take away from what the team accomplished.

"In the end, everyone is going to lose except one team," he said.