Mount Hebron bounces back with 17-8 romp

April 26, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

It can be a rough day catching No. 2 Mount Hebron on the rebound.

After losing to Roland Park Saturday and ceding the No. 1 ranking to the Reds, the Vikings took out some of their frustration on No. 11 Centennial yesterday.

The Vikings broke out of a 3-3 tie with seven straight goals en route to a 17-8 victory in a game that probably will end up deciding the Howard County championship.


Centennial coach Gail Purcell knew the Vikings (9-1, 4-0) would come out hungry. "One of my parents said it really might help us to come up against them after a loss, and I said, 'No,' " she said.

"If they could have gotten by Roland Park, it would have helped us, because they would have been cruising and we could have been the team to take them out. We'd have had a better chance to run with them. Plus if you think you're going to be the first team to knock them off, it gives you a little bit more motivation."

The Eagles (7-1, 3-1) appeared to have plenty of motivation early on. Even though the visiting Vikings took a 3-0 lead before the Eagles managed a shot, Centennial came right back to even it up.

Emily Ward snatched a ground ball that took a friendly hop and fired past Vikings keeper Kristen Foster (12 saves) to tie with 11:21 to go in the first half.

But the tie only lasted 20 seconds. Vikings defender Julie Kickham, who had an excellent game with several knockdowns and interceptions, picked off a Centennial pass, ran right to goal and scored.

Holding onto the ball continued to be a problem for the Eagles as the Vikings scored five more goals in the half.

On the Eagles' next possession, Erin McGinnis intercepted a pass right in front of Mount Hebron's goal. Seconds later at the other end, Dani Vissers drew the double-team and dished to Laura Correnti all alone on the crease.

When the Eagles threatened again, the Vikings' Erin Curran grabbed a loose ball in front of the goal. At the other end, Centennial goalie Katie Garrity, who finished with 18 saves, made a spectacular stop on McGinnis' shot.

But the Eagles could not convert to stop the Vikings rally. Jen Simon took a good shot, but her effort hit the pipe. The Vikings got the ground ball and Amanda Fleck sped down to feed McGinnis for a 6-3 lead 6:37 before halftime.

McGinnis, Vissers and Kelly Dodson boosted the lead in the first half and Correnti opened the second half with a goal for a 10-3 edge.

"This was a big game in more ways than one," said McGinnis, who led the Vikings with four goals. "We wanted to prove to everyone that just because we lost on Saturday, we weren't about to roll over. We had a lot to prove to everyone else and a lot to prove to ourselves. I didn't think there would be a problem, but this is a good team and I didn't want anyone to think that just because we lost on Saturday, it was all over for us."

Allison Altscher led the Eagles with a goal and three assists.

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