Overlea ended Hereford's three-year reign as state soccer champions yesterday, winning 1-0 in the Class 2A/Region II semifinals. The Falcons (10-1-2) made Greg Stevenson's corner-kick goal just inside the near post early in the first half stand up for the victory.
"We had a special play for our first corner kick," said coach Doug Eisenhauer. "We wanted to put as many bodies on the keeper to pressure him and it worked out for us."
Overlea will face Towson in the region finals tomorrow (3 p.m.) at Dundalk Community College.
Towson defeated Loch Raven in the other semifinal yesterday, 3-2 in overtime.
Hereford finished 6-4-2, and coach Mark Trotta said he felt from the preseason that winning a fourth straight state title was an unrealistic goal. A dozen seniors had graduated from the team that finished as last year's state co-champion (with Andover).
"I was hoping we would be a .500 team and we exceeded that," he said. "It was a good year, but we're still a little disappointed."
In other regionals yesterday, No. 7 Dulaney (10-1-1) got a goal from Clark Ledbetter to beat Westminster, 1-0 in Class 4A. In Class 3A, Parkville (8-4-1) beat Catonsville (6-2-3) in a shootout, 7-6, and Franklin beat Elkton, 1-0 in overtime.
* Liberty's Greg Carfine, a senior striker, was bottled up by Centennial's smothering defense in Tuesday night's Class 3A/Region I semifinal. Centennial won, 4-0. But Carfine played a key role in helping Liberty get to the regional semifinals.
Last Friday, Carfine had the game-winning goal in Liberty's 2-1 overtime victory over Westminster to clinch the Central Maryland Conference championship. He also had a goal in the Lions' victory over North Carroll the day before.
* Brian O'Grady's goal in the second overtime period lifted Mount St. Joe over previously unbeaten McDonogh, 1-0.
McDonogh (8-1) is battling Archbishop Curley (8-1-1) for the Division I title of the Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference.
Calvert Hall leads Division II. The top four teams in each division enter tournament play next week.
* The hottest running back in the area may be Perry Hall's Roy Marsh. The speedy senior finally is healthy after being hampered by a nagging ankle injury for much of the season. In the last two weeks, Marsh has romped for 10 touchdowns and had a couple long gainers called back because of penalties. Last Friday, he had a 73-yarder called back, but still scored on runs of 11, 53, 37 and 53 yards.
* St. Paul's defensive back Brad Read picked off three passes in the wind as the Crusaders knocked off Southwestern last week. Read also had six tackles and caught a two-point conversion pass. He has seven interceptions on the season.
* North County's run-and-shoot quarterback, John Ray, has become the all-time passing leader for Anne Arundel County. Ray now has thrown 300 times, completing 141 for a record 1,682 yards and 13 touchdowns. He surpassed Dave Fajerski (1,630 yards), who played at Brooklyn Park before moving on to Bowie State.
* Among area punters, Wally Lowery of Cardinal Gibbons has regained the lead with a 43.9-yard average. Poly's Albert Tyler is second (42.2), ahead of Chesapeake-BC's Lamar King (41.4) and Dundalk's Kevin Rexrode (40.5).
* Dulaney's Jan Liszewski, a four-year starter in field hockey, failed to score in the Lions' 1-0 Class 4A/Region III semifinal victory over LaPlata. Liszewski trails only Deanna Blood (now at Penn State) on the Lions' all-time goal-scoring list. She has 40 career goals. Blood had scored 42.
* Class 4A/3A Catonsville (13-0) will visit Class 2A/1A Owings Mills (12-1) for the Baltimore County volleyball championship tomorrow (7 p.m.). Owings Mills ended in a three-way tie with Chesapeake and Loch Raven, but gained the title on a complicated set of tie-breaker rules. It went to games lost. Owings Mills and Loch Raven had four games lost and Chesapeake had five.
Then to break that tie, the procedure looked at head-to-head competition and Owings Mills had defeated Loch Raven. All that meant that Chesapeake's downing Owings Mills in five sets Tuesday really didn't matter.