Another year, another upset win for Hereford

November 01, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Hereford's sign said it best, "Deja Vu."

For the second straight year, the Bulls stunned Loch Raven with a 1-0 upset in the Class 1A-2A regional playoffs.

Amy Casner scored last night's game winner on an assist from Alicia Malkowski with 22 seconds left in sudden-death overtime of the North region quarterfinal.

"Last year, it was more of a hope and a prayer for us," said halfback Jen Jones, whose team needed a double shootout to dismiss the Raiders then. "This year, we have a stronger team and we knew it was more of a possibility than just luck."

The Bulls (8-4-1), who went on to win the regional title a year ago, now advance to Friday's regional semifinal, where they will meet Owings Mills, a 7-0 winner yesterday over Carver A&T.

Owings Mills fans surely won't make the same mistake as those who spray-painted graffiti on Hereford's field and goal posts Monday on behalf of the Raiders. That only provided the host Bulls with extra incentive last night.

"Whoever came to our field and just trashed it really pumped us up to win this game," said Casner. "We came up here and made posters. Other people made posters. We were all set to go. We didn't give up."

Once again, the Bulls defense, which has posted seven shutouts while allowing just nine goals, held up under tremendous pressure.

All-Metro keeper Kate Macfarlane, who made 12 saves, combined with sweeper Kristy Kane, backs Alice Davis and Adrienne Allen and stopper Brooke Lang to turn away 20 Raiders shots, including five in overtime.

"I can't believe this could happen again especially after all the shots we had," said Raiders striker Susan Giannaccini. "We kept on pressuring. I guess we just didn't have the good low shots that we should have had against [ Macfarlane]."

The Raiders (11-3-1) had a great chance on a break midway through the 10-minute overtime period when Giannaccini went one-on-one with Macfarlane, but her shot hit the crossbar. Giannaccini headed the rebound, but that hit the crossbar too.

A couple minutes later, Bridget Harthausen headed a ball that Macfarlane tipped over the crossbar. Macfarlane made the same goal-saving play in the second half on a well-aimed 25-yard direct kick by the Raiders All-Metro sweeper Nicole Froman.

"That's a skill a lot of keepers have trouble with," said Hereford coach Steve Power. "High balls bother some people, but Kate's very good in the air. She likes high balls, because her hands are so good."

Last night, the good times finally arrived in the overtime -- on only the Bulls' fourth shot of the game.

Jones started the game-winning play with a strong throw in. Malkowski flicked it toward Casner, who nudged it into the near corner.

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