Tough-angle goal gives Vikes win over Glenelg Elliott's aerial act pushes Mount Hebron to 3-1 mark

September 18, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

It was an impossible angle to shoot from.

Standing near the end line, to the left of Glenelg's goal, Mount Hebron's Katie Elliott shot left-footed, lifting the ball high into the air. Somehow, someway, it found the net.

"I don't know how it went in, but it did, and that's all that matters," said Elliott, whose goal 30 seconds into the second half was the difference in Mount Hebron's 2-1 league-opening victory yesterday at Glenelg.

"I was just trying to put it on goal," said Elliott, a 4-foot-11 sophomore who is right-footed but can kick equally well with her left. "I was really surprised when it went in."

Glenelg goalie Jamie Epperlein, who had some outstanding saves in the second half, gave Elliott credit for "a great shot. I just got my fingertips on it. I was surprised that it went that high."

Said Gladiators coach Mike Williams: "That was an excellent shot over a great goalie."

Elliott's first goal of the season gave the 14th-ranked Vikings (3-1) a 2-0 cushion that stood up until sophomore Amanda Strandquist's penalty kick with 25 minutes left cut the lead in half. It was the first goal scored by Glenelg (0-2-1) this season.

Strandquist's goal rejuvenated the Gladiators, but Mount Hebron kept to its short passing game and controlled most of the play.

"They won the ball a lot more then we did," said Glenelg sophomore Kelly Renfro. "They basically controlled the middle."

Glenelg elected to play kick and run, hoping for that one break. But Mount Hebron's defense, led by Rebecca Ferrell, was there to stop it.

Williams said his squad "was a little flat" and that a third of his starters were not 100 percent due to illness. But he gave all the credit to Mount Hebron: "My hats off to Hebron. They're a very good team."

Vikings coach Jonathan Davis was pleased with his team's effort.

"We didn't play up to our potential, but we're slowly starting to play our style of possession soccer," said Davis. "I thought we played better as a team."

Glenelg had four corner kicks in the first half and some decent scoring opportunities, but it was Mount Hebron that found the net.

Kristin Marshall dribbled into the right corner and crossed it. Epperlein was there to stop it, but it "slipped under my arm" and rolled past her. Melissa Litaker and Elliott where both there and Litaker knocked it in.

Howard 5, Long Reach 0: Amy Rappaport had two goals and an assist and Jevne Reid scored twice to lead the Lions (2-2) over the Lightning (2-2) for the championship of the Atholton Girls Soccer Tournament. Sarah Campbell also scored for the Lions.

Hammond 1, Atholton 0: Jenny Jones' second-half goal earned the Golden Bears (1-2) the win over the Raiders (0-4) in the consolation of the Atholton Tournament.

Pub Date: 9/18/97

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