On a roll, Mount Hebron turns back No. 7 Hammond After layoff, No. 10 Vikes take advantage of wind for 2nd win in four days

Boys soccer

September 30, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

After 17 days without a game, 10th-ranked Mount Hebron won its second game in four days yesterday, a 2-1 decision over No. 7 Hammond.

The Vikings (3-0-1 overall, 2-0 league) scored once off a penalty kick and once off a corner kick in the first half, taking advantage of a steady wind at their back that helped them pin in Hammond and effectively reduce the field length by half.

"The wind really dictated a lot today," Mount Hebron coach Scott Conroy said. "It was a halfcourt game and we felt if we could score two in the first half we could win it."

Mount Hebron's first goal in the 18th minute resulted from a takedown in the penalty box. Hammond's Doug Tucci committed the foul against Matt White.

"He kicked me solidly on the leg and I took the fall," White said.

Matt Midura took the penalty kick and booted it high to Hammond goalkeeper Nathan Essey's left.

In the 36th minute, Mount Hebron scored again on a corner kick by Greg Peters to Pete Lindahl, who headed it from the near side. No one defended between him and the corner kick.

"That was a defensive breakdown," Hammond coach Rich Corkran said.

Hammond (5-2-1, 1-2) retaliated midway through the second half on a goal by Ryan Pflugrad, who was sandwiched between two defenders and cutting to the 18 -yard line when Dave Packer placed a lead ball perfectly over his head. Pflugrad's kick landed in the upper part of the net to goalkeeper Tom Wunk's right.

"There was no rhythm to this game," Pflugrad said. "We just couldn't get it going. Mount Hebron was rough. They kept stepping on my feet. I couldn't touch it more than twice without getting fouled."

Pflugrad, one of the county's top players, was marked first by Chris Cickner and then by Brendan Glancey.

"Pflugrad is strong in the air and both Clickman and Glancey are good in the air too," Conroy said. "I told them to keep him going east and west, slow him down and get help. He's good."

Mount Hebron, knowing it would be pinned back in the second half, went to one forward and five midfielders to bolster its defense.

Hammond was playing its fourth game in 11 days and looked a little sluggish, however.

"We haven't had our good intensity since the Magruder game," Pflugrad said. "We're just going through the motions. We're a much better team than this."

No. 11 Centennial 1, Oakland Mills 0, 2OT: Senior Matt Hewitt scored at 7: 50 of double-overtime to lead the visiting Eagles (4-2) over the Scorpions (5-3). Centennial goalie Chris Moe saved nine shots.

Pub Date: 9/30/97

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