Hereford finally finds a flaw in Joppatowne's armor, 1-0 Cornet's goal boosts Bulls over Mariners in 1A North

November 01, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Hereford has been a second-half team all season, but more than a slow start held back the No. 15 Bulls early in yesterday's playoff game.

Joppatowne's busy defense clogged up the circle and cut off Hereford's every angle to the goal.

Even though the Bulls dominated the early going, it wasn't until the second half that Melissa Cornet finally slipped a goal past the Mariners for a 1-0 victory in the Class 1A North Region championship game.

Hereford (14-2) advanced to the state semifinals for the first time in 11 years. Wednesday at 2: 45 p.m. at Goucher College, it will meet Carroll County's Francis Scott Key, a 1-0 winner yesterday over Poolesville.

If the Bulls win that game, they will play for the state title at 2 p.m. Nov. 9 at Goucher.

Yesterday, the visiting Mariners' defense did the job for 39 minutes, holding off Hereford's relentless attack. Amie Dellone, Valerie Weaver, Lisa Demski and Kim Shoul allowed the Bulls just two first-half shots despite four penalty corners and at least a half-dozen furious rushes.

"It looked like they had just about every one of their players in the circle, so it was a huge purple wall we were trying to get through," said Hereford coach Tammy Mundie. "That really inhibited us as far as scoring, but I've got a lot of scorers on my team, so I knew that somebody would get it in."

Cornet finally found an opening. She took a pass from Allison Turnbaugh in a crowd in front of the goal and found a lane to the cage in front of Joppatowne goalie Denise Kurtyka.

After that, the Baltimore County champions barely allowed the Mariners past midfield.

"That goal gave them a little more confidence and they went with it," said Joppatowne's top scorer, Kim Rohrs. "We just sort of hung out in the back and played defense. After that goal, we just sort of lost it."

The Mariners (6-7) came into the game with a more defensive mindset than the Bulls.

Joppatowne coach Pam Reich said she knew the Bulls had a lot of speed on their line, so she rearranged her lineup to try to contend with it. She switched to four midfielders and just two forwards. Rohrs was one of the players she moved back.

"I think we held them fairly well," said Reich, "but we had no offense."

The Mariners managed only three shots -- all in the first half.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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