Hereford takes region title, 1-0

November 10, 1994|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Sun Staff Writer

She had played as if she were bionic in consecutive overtime penalty shootout wins over Loch Raven and Catonsville, but Hereford keeper Kate McFarlane showed some human traits yesterday against Towson.

The sophomore, who is also among the Bulls' most accurate shooters with 14 career goals and 12 assists, had her first-half penalty kick blocked by Towson keeper Heather Rich (six saves), thus blowing a chance to put her team ahead on the way to a scoreless first half.

But after teammate Alicia Malkowski scored the game's only goal off a crossing pass from Jenn Jones with 20 minutes left in the game, McFarlane (13 saves) became Robo-goalie again, making seven of her 10 second-half saves in the game's waning minutes as Hereford secured the 1A-2A North region crown, 1-0.

With nine minutes left, McFarlane's sliding double-leg kick save six yards from the goal foiled a run by Amy Pater of the Generals (10-5).

The effort came after three other successive stops: McFarlane rose above a crowd of players to pull down a corner kick by Katie Venanzi, grabbed Venanzi's 20-yard direct kick and snagged a dangerous cross by Julie Ramer.

"Our kids hustled . . . and I thought we dominated," said Towson coach Bob Pater. "But take nothing away from Hereford. They have a good team and an outstanding goalie."

The win avenged an earlier 3-2 loss and earned Hereford (11-4) the school's first-ever girls soccer state semifinal appearance against South Region champ Oakland Mills at Liberty High on Saturday.

As a result of the state association's inaugural open-tournament format, which includes using a lottery machine to determine seeds, Hereford had taken a difficult route to the final.

McFarlane registered 26 saves in a first-round penalty shootout upset of last year's 1A-2A state champ Loch Raven before stopping 14 shots in a shootout win over Catonsville, runner-up to Loch Raven in Baltimore County's 1A-2A division.

An Olympic Developmental Player, McFarlane has played in the field when called upon. But she's at her best in the nets, where she has three shutouts and allowed five goals in eight games, one in a regular-season loss to Loch Raven.

McFarlane got support from defenders Alex Rolhfs and Kristen Goetz yesterday as Towson outshot the Bulls 19-7 overall and 12-3 in the second half.

"Our defense won a lot of balls today. They were great," McFarlane said. "I just didn't want another shootout."

The Bulls had been outshot 7-2 in the second half before Jones started the game-winning counterattack, dribbling through the middle and lofting a pass toward a streaking Malkowski along the near sideline.

Towson defender Nicole Ramer had a chance at the ball 10 yards before it reached Malkowski. But when it bounced past Ramer's right-footed swipe, Malkowski pounced on her opportunity, dribbling twice and launching a 30-yarder over the outstretched hands of a backpedaling Rich.

From there, the Bulls assumed a defensive posture.

"I subbed in an extra sweeper with eight minutes left," said Bulls coach Steve Power. "It helps to have an All-State goalie like Kate. Sometimes, it seems you just can't get around her."

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