Hereford knows what it's up against in final

November 17, 1995|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Going into tonight's state championship game, Hereford's No. 9 girls soccer team knows plenty about its opponent.

After all, the Bulls lost to No. 15 Oakland Mills in last year's state Class 1A-2A semifinal, 1-0.

Not much has changed about either team's game as they prepare for today's 5 o'clock rematch at North County High School in Anne Arundel County. The Bulls (11-4-1), who have allowed only one goal in the playoffs, remain a defensive stalwart anchored by keeper Kate Macfarlane. The Scorpions remain balanced with striker Ginny Dye at the hub of the offense.

The Scorpions, who won the state title in 1992, got off to a slow start, needing 15 games to go over .500, but they have won six straight.

"It took a lot of time to get our chemistry," said Dye, who leads the team with nine goals and seven assists. "But we played a tough schedule this year and we never lost a game by more than one goal. I think our record didn't show how well we were playing."

The Bulls, led by freshman Melissa Mueller's seven goals, have not scored a lot, but they have shown much more offensive intensity in the playoffs.

"We are a well-rounded team," said Hereford coach Steve Power, whose squad makes its first appearance in the state final. "That's part of our secret. We have girls who do their jobs very well, not brilliantly, but they don't make many mistakes either, and they play well together. I think it's going to be a one- or two-goal game. We have to try and limit the amount of shots and counterattack and find a way to score."

AIS standouts commit

Three of the area's top players have decided where they will play college lacrosse.

Garrison Forest's Jacque Weitzel, one of the top prospects in the nation, has orally committed to Dartmouth.

An All-Metro and All-America attacker, Weitzel played for the United States team that finished second to Australia this summer at the first Under-19 World Championships. In May, Weitzel was named the top schoolgirl player at the U.S. Women's Lacrosse Association's national tournament after her South I team won the national schoolgirl title.

Weitzel said Dartmouth's location in Hanover, N.H., had almost as much to do with her selection as the academics and athletics. "I just liked how it's so rural. I don't like cities, and there's a lot of outdoor stuff there like biking and hiking. As far as lacrosse, they lost a lot of good players. That left a big gap on attack, so that leaves a good opportunity for me," she said.

Bryn Mawr's Emily Hickman has signed a national letter of intent to attend Duke, where women's lacrosse will become a varsity program next spring.

"It was the best academic fit for me," said Hickman, who is interested in the sciences. "Their curriculum is just perfect. Lacrosse-wise, I like the challenge of a new program."

An All-Baltimore City/County midfielder, Hickman is an All-Metro field hockey player and AIS all-star in basketball. She played on the South I team with Weitzel.

One of Baltimore County's most highly recruited players, Catonsville's Meghann Mohler, has signed with North Carolina, which also will field its first varsity team next spring.

A two-time, first-team coaches' All-Baltimore County pick, Mohler played for the South III team in the national schoolgirl championships. Also a soccer and basketball standout for the Comets, Mohler recently was selected a state winner in the Wendy's Heisman Award competition that recognizes athletic and academic achievement.

Four corners offense

A popular chant at field hockey games declares that "Every corner is a goal." But that very rarely comes true.

Friends coach Carol Samuels had never seen it happen in 17 years of coaching until her team scored on all four of its penalty corners to beat McDonogh during the regular season.

On four corner plays, Maron Deering, Maddie Franklin, Ella Mason and Lydia Ries scored while Cary Pirone, Susannah Gust and Emily Santos had assists.

"That was just amazing," said Samuels. "Never heard of it. Never happen again. I told the kids, 'You know how I tell stories about other teams from years past? Now you are one of those stories that will be around for years to come.' "

All-Star games galore

Weather permitting, the fall season closes early next week in several sports with the last of the all-star games.

Rescheduled after Tuesday night's rain, the AIS All-Star field hockey game will be played tomorrow at 11 a.m. on the turf at Johns Hopkins.

Baltimore County's best senior girls get their chance to shine in soccer Sunday at noon at Catonsville Community College and in volleyball Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Lansdowne High. The boys all-star soccer game follows the girls tomorrow at 2 p.m.

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