Loch Raven rebounds, gets past Hereford, 1-0 Raiders back on track after early loss to Mercy

September 14, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

This rivalry is getting so predictable.

It's the regular season, so it must be Loch Raven's turn to beat Hereford.

Sure enough, the No. 6 Raiders edged third-ranked Hereford, 1-0, in yesterday's Baltimore County Division I league opener for both teams.

Since 1994, the Raiders have swept all three regular-season meetings, and the Bulls have won both regional playoff games. Loch Raven's last playoff win over the Bulls came in 1993, when the Raiders went on to win the state Class 1A/2A title.

The two almost certainly will meet again in the regional playoffs in November. Coach Anthony Menegatti and the Raiders admit that game would be the more important of the two.

Not that the Raiders (1-1) aren't happy with this one -- a definite boost after falling to Mercy, 3-2, last week.

"Giving up three goals, like we did to Mercy, is not something you want to see too often," said Menegatti. "But we really pulled together by the last 18 minutes, and I think it carried over to this game. It's good to get our first shutout of the year."

The Raiders dominated the first half, outshooting the visitors 8-1, but managed only one close call against Bulls keeper Kate Macfarlane (10 saves). Nicole Wartman fired a 20-yard rocket that Macfarlane leaped to tip over the crossbar late in the half.

Jen Graleski finally put one past Macfarlane in the 52nd minute on an assist from Ashley Froman. The play began after a foul on the Bulls gave Nicole Froman a direct kick from about 25 yards out near the left sideline.

"It went across [in front of the goal] at an angle and Ashley had it in the corner," said Macfarlane. "We stepped to, but we left [Graleski] wide open right in front of the goal. I didn't react in time, and it went right through my legs."

Nicole Froman, a club teammate of Macfarlane as well as several other Raiders and Bulls, knew Loch Raven would have few chances against Macfarlane, the two-time All-Metro keeper.

"If you get her moving from side to side, that's probably your only chance -- and that's what happened," said Nicole Froman, twice an All-Metro sweeper. "You can't shoot over her head, and it's hard to score on her even on penalty kicks -- and that's one-on-one. You don't get many chances against her and even if they are good, she just snags them."

Yesterday, however, getting past Nicole Froman proved even more difficult for the Bulls (1-1). She and backs Erica O'Donnell, Erica Volk and stopper Lauren Palazzi held the Bulls to just seven shots on goal -- most of them in the final eight minutes.

Hereford's best shot came with five minutes left on a Jen Ricks header that Raiders goalie Angie Ruocco saved. Ruocco, who made five saves, also came out to stop a couple of other Hereford threats in the final minutes.

Pub Date: 9/14/96

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