Mount Hebron gains berth in final, 4-1 Girls soccer

November 08, 1992|By John Harris III | John Harris III,Contributing Writer

Mount Hebron defeated top-seeded and host Middletown, 4-1, last night to reach the first Class 2A-1A, Region IV girls soccer final in school history.

The third-seeded Vikings (9-5) used balanced scoring and timely defense to win the championship.

"As you can see, we aren't the most skilled team, and I knew going into the game that we would have to win as many 50-50 balls as we could, and we did a great job of getting to the ball first tonight," said Mount Hebron rookie coach Warren Michael.

The Vikings scored their initial goal on a direct kick from senior stopper Stephanie Otto with 14:38 remaining.

Just 18 seconds later, the Knights (11-2-1) charged upfield with a pinpoint 40-yard through pass that landed right in front of Sheri Hucklebery. The senior co-captain dribbled a little too far ahead, enabling goalkeeper Staci Hepburn to steal the ball off her foot.

Hepburn received a blow to the stomach on the play and missed several minutes.

Amy Fine scored Mount Hebron's second goal of the half, as she found an opening in the defense and placed a 30-yard shot over goalie Melissa Kupferberg.

The Knights cut the lead in half eight minutes into the second half when Jackie Berkey booted in a bouncing throw-in by Nina Mento.

Lori Pasquentonio boosted the Vikings' lead to 3-1 with 9:48 left, popping a right-footer into the left corner off a pass from Otto.

Otto's younger sister, Shannon, scored the final goal with five minutes remaining on a rebound shot from Pasquentonio.

Again, Stephanie Otto played a crucial role with an accurate indirect kick into the goal mouth.

"Lots of people contributed tonight," Michael said. "Steph was all over the field, our goalie [Hepburn] played well, Amy Fine scored the first goal and did a nice job on the wing, and Alina Murray did a good job of containing [Rachel] Levine.

3' "It was a good effort by everyone."

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