Glenelg nips Mt. Hebron in overtime

April 28, 1994|By Chuck Acquisto | Chuck Acquisto,Special to The Sun

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), which lost twice last season at home to Mount Hebron (7-3, 2-2), including in the first round of the state playoffs, gained command of the Howard County title race as the only unbeaten team.

Only Howard stands in the Gladiators' path to a county title showdown with Centennial. Glenelg last won the league title in 1985.

"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."

After senior midfielder Chris Cordisco's first-quarter goal gave the Gladiators a 1-0 lead, Mount Hebron rattled off three unanswered goals to gain a 3-1 lead with 30 seconds left until halftime.

But 10 seconds after the Vikings celebrated Hak Kim's score and the game's largest lead, Glenelg senior midfielder Chris Schaefer beat Mount Hebron goalie Sean Buchanan (11 saves) off a feed from Forespring to close the gap to 3-2.

Cordisco's second goal early in the third quarter tied the game at 3. Mount Hebron junior midfielder Scott Baughman (22 goals, 25 assists) took advantage of a man-up situation and a crisp pass from Terrence Buckley for a goal and a 4-3 lead.

After Glenelg tied the game near the end of the third quarter on senior Jeff Cordisco's goal, the Vikings opened the fourth quarter with senior attack Sam Horstman scoring off a feed from Mike Cronin.

The Gladiators, having a strong transition play sparked by senior defenseman James McKenney (who won 11 faceoffs), tied the game at 5 on senior attack Dave Willis' goal, with Edell getting an assist.

Baughman's second goal put the Vikings up 6-5 with 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."

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