Glenelg broke a sudden-death deadlock with Mount Hebron when sophomore attack Greg Edell received a perfect pass from junior attack Chris Forespring to score the game winner 58 seconds into overtime yesterday.
The Gladiators trailed or were tied with visiting Mount Hebron for 32 minutes before emerging with the 7-6 victory.
Glenelg (7-3, 4-0) gained command of the Howard County title race as the only unbeaten team.
"To be honest, we downplayed last year's losses to Mount Hebron before the game because that's old stuff," Glenelg coach Rick Kincaid said. "There's a brand-new Glenelg happening here, and we're continually building to get better. We win with total teamwork."
Edell's goal, his only score of the game to go along with three second-half assists, came off a quick transition that caught Mount Hebron's defense flat-footed.
"It took a smart player to make the pass Chris Forespring did," said Edell, whose goal broke the game's fifth tie. "I was scared and nervous as I've ever been. We hadn't led since early in the first quarter, but that's all right as long as we lead at the end."
The Gladiators, having a strong transition play sparked by senior defenseman James McKenney (won 11 faceoffs), tied the game at 5-5 on senior attack Dave Willis' goal, with Edell getting an assist.
Scott Baughman's second goal put the Vikings up 6-5 with just 5:27 remaining in regulation. Glenelg freshman midfielder Conner Pett's goal two minutes later, however, tied the game at 6. Gladiators goalie Tobi Heusser made a late save on a point-blank shot by Baughman to help send the game to overtime.
"Mount Hebron played a heckuva game, leading nearly the whole way," Kincaid said. "But I got some great assistant coaching from Jim Huelskamp and that's been a big difference for us this season. He's the young bear and I'm the old bear."