Hereford stops Towson to earn 2nd straight region crown

November 09, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Ninth-ranked Hereford has made a habit of coming up with just enough goals to win its regional playoff games.

After squeezing past Loch Raven and Owings Mills, the Bulls edged Towson, 2-1, last night to win their second straight Class 1A-2A North Region championship at Catonsville High.

Jenny Jones scored the game-winner midway through the second half on a restart from 22 yards out. Expecting the ball to be headed, Towson keeper Morgan Mershon stepped up but the ball took a Hereford bounce through the defense and landed in the net.

In the three regional playoff games, the Bulls managed just four goals, but that was enough to earn a return trip to Catonsville High for Saturday's 5 p.m. state semifinal. The Bulls (10-4-1) will meet the winner of last night's West region final between Williamsport and Linganore.

Last night, the Bulls got off to an uncharacteristically quick start with a goal in the first four minutes. Christy Murphy made a nice move on two defenders out on the wing before sending a pass in to Melissa Mueller, who drilled it as Mershon came out to play her.

Despite outshooting the Bulls 18-6, the Generals (6-9) managed their only goal 12 minutes into the game. On a restart from about 15 yards out, Julie Ramer nailed the ball into a crowd where it deflected off Sarah Kotula.

The rest of the time, however, the Generals couldn't break Hereford's defense, especially back Alice Davis and keeper Kate Macfarlane, who finished with 12 saves.

Even with the lopsided shooting edge, the Generals only really threatened four times against Macfarlane, who stopped all 10 of Towson's second-half shots.

"Kate makes their team go," said Towson coach Bob Pater, whose young squad also lost a 2-1 game to the Bulls during the regular season.

"I feel we outplayed them, but all the shots you take at Katie -- she makes it look so easy."

In the last 10 minutes, Macfarlane made two big plays saving a shot that skimmed off a Towson player's head and coming out to smother a ball on a Towson break.

Saturday night, the Bulls will try to go one step further than last year and win their first-ever state semifinal game.

"We have some work to do, but to go to the states for a second year in a row is just tremendous," said Hereford coach Steve Power. "One year, you think it's a miracle; the second year, you think you ought to have some faith, but with a great goal keeper you can do anything."

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