Mt. Hebron turns aside Oak. Mills

April 18, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

When the Mount Hebron defense plays well, it plays very well. But it has had a problem with consistency.

That was the story again yesterday at Mount Hebron in the league opener against Oakland Mills.

The Vikings shut out Oakland Mills in the first half, but then had to score the game's final three goals to take a 9-4 victory.

"It's been a bad habit of ours not to play well in the third quarter," said Mount Hebron attackman Jeremy Desor (two goals, one assist).

The Scorpions closed from a 5-0 halftime deficit to 6-4 on a goal by Matt Rollman with 8: 21 left in the fourth period. His goal was the last in a four-goal spurt by Oakland Mills during a seven-minute stretch at the end of the third quarter and beginning of the fourth quarter.

"At times our defense played as well as it has all season," Mount Hebron coach Sonny Ziegler said. "But we need it to play a full 40-minute game, which it hasn't done yet."

Oakland Mills' lack of depth at midfield proved crucial, as No. 11 Mount Hebron (6-1 overall, 1-0 league) answered the Scorpions' run by scoring back-to-back on breakaways. Eric Mooney scored both of those.

Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet thought the game was lost when his offense was shut out in the first half.

"I thought we were ready to play, but we weren't. We were tentative early, and by the time we started playing they had the game in hand. You can't let a team like Mount Hebron get so far ahead."

Part of the problem was penalties. Oakland Mills (4-3, 0-1) played about seven minutes of the first half a man down, including a three-minute penalty against Rollman (illegal short stick).

Oakland Mills' zone defense kept the Scorpions in the game, but Mount Hebron's offense was extremely patient in the first half, led by senior midfielder Brent Wilhoite, who had one goal and two assists that half. He missed much of the second half with a wrist injury.

"Against a zone like that we'll take a 5-0 halftime lead any day," Ziegler said. "I've never seen an Oakland Mills team quit, so I wasn't surprised they came back. They made some halftime adjustments that worked."

Ailing Mount Hebron head coach Warren Michael arrived for the fourth quarter. His doctor informed him yesterday that he cannot coach anymore this season because of back surgery for a ruptured disc.

Pub Date: 4/18/96

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