Hammond loses, but revels in 'great second season' No. 3 Loch Raven stifles Bears to claim title, 2-0

2A-1A girls soccer

November 17, 1996|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Emily Bielefeld gave each of her Hammond teammates hugs after they accepted their state Class 2A-1A plaques last night.

"She's the mom," said Bears coach Ken Zachmann. "And she's a good mom at that. She's just lifted everybody up and brought the girls together."

One of four Hammond seniors, Bielefeld led the Bears on a terrific run through the regional playoffs and the state semifinals. Along the way they avenged regular-season losses to Glenelg and River Hill and boosted their record from 4-7-1 to 8-7-1.

But the run would end last night when the Bears ran into third-ranked Loch Raven, a team that came into the championship with 14 shutouts and had allowed only six goals all year.

The Raiders (17-1) won 3-0 at Dundalk Community College to claim their second state Class 2A-1A title over the Bears (8-8-1) in four years.

During the awards presentation, Bielefeld was there to console a few teary teammates and give hugs all around. By the time everyone had received a plaque, the atmosphere had turned completely upbeat.

"I just think its great that we got to states," said Bielefeld. "No one should be ashamed of losing. We did great in our second season. After playoffs started, there was a spark."

That exuberance showed last night even though it didn't emerge until after the Raiders had taken a 2-0 lead on goals by Nicole Wartman and Ashley Froman.

Until then, the Bears had managed only two shots -- both stopped by Raiders keeper Angie Ruocco (nine saves).

"They crowded the middle a lot," said Bielefeld. "I found myself in the midfield trying to mark two or three players, so they did a

great job in that. A lot of times in the first half, they were first to the ball, but it was almost like the River Hill game."

Against River Hill in the opening round of the regional playoffs, the Bears rallied from down 2-0 to win 3-2 in overtime. That's what they were thinking about going into last night's second half.

Even though they outshot the Raiders, 7-4 in the half, the Bears could put nothing past All-Metro sweeper Nicole Froman and Ruocco. Bielefeld, who scored four goals in the regular season but six in the playoffs, came close with a shot across the goal that carried just wide.

In the second half, the Bears defense also did a nice job with fine efforts from sweeper Lauren Traber, stopper Meg Tilley, backs Kelly Workman and Amanda Sheplee and keeper Lindsey Mitchell (six saves).

"We thought it was a great privilege to play a team of this quality -- and they lived up to it," said first-year coach Zachmann. "We knew their strengths and, for the most part, we were able to deal with them and I'm really pleased with the girls to be able to do that. Even though there were three goals scored, a lot of the things we wanted to do, we did. "

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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