Hammond stops Glenelg, 2-1

October 23, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

A rejuvenated Hammond boys soccer team continued two winning streaks and ended visiting Glenelg's unbeaten season yesterday, 2-1.

The Bears (6-3, 3-1) defeated third-ranked Glenelg (7-1-1, 2-1-1) for the third straight season. And they extended their current winning streak to four games.

The victory kept alive Hammond's hopes for a county title and a regional playoff berth, both of which depend upon Hammond winning its final three games against Atholton, Wilde Lake and Oakland Mills.

Senior striker Kris Jefferson, who played football last season, scored both goals and created several dangerous situations with his speed.

"It was the best game I've ever seen Kris play," Hammond sweeper Brian Messick said. "I thought our midfield dominated and set up some long balls for him, and he did the rest."

Both of Jefferson's goals came off one-on-one situations with Glenelg goal keeper Russell Payne, a regional Olympic Development team player.

The first score, just seven minutes into the game, glanced off Payne's arm and rolled into the far corner of the net.

Glenelg tied it in the 30th minute on a header by Scott Cline off Marc Rey's throw-in.

Jefferson scored the winning goal in the 61st minute, booting the ball over Payne from about 12 yards out.

Payne made three other outstanding saves, as Glenelg's defense did not resemble the one that had allowed only three goals in eight previous games.

"This was our biggest win in a long time," Jefferson said. "After we beat Howard [Tuesday] it really got our confidence up, because we hadn't beaten them in four years."

Jefferson normally is double-teamed. Glenelg's Jamie Brinker, who stopped Oakland Mills' Teddy Lawler on Tuesday, marked Jefferson, but received almost no backup from his teammates.

"I think he [Brinker] was injured, because I heard him complain a couple of times about his knee," Jefferson said.

Hammond goalie Tommy Lea made four saves. He has helped turn around the Bears' season.

Since Lea took over the position, the Bears have allowed only two goals during a four-game winning streak.

"Tommy is a team leader and played well today," Hammond coach Rich Corkran said.

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