Hero role new habit for Mt. Hebron's Lee 3rd straight game-winner beats Hammond, 1-0

October 01, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's Sue Lee doesn't start.

But she does finish.

For the third straight game, Lee came off the bench yesterday and scored the game-winner as the visiting Vikings defeated Hammond, 1-0.

"She had the ability to score goals last year but didn't get a lot of playing time," said Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland. "Now she has the opportunity to play more and has done a lot of nice things."

Lee, one of five seniors on the team, scored the winning goal in a 2-1 decision over Oakland Mills and a 1-0 triumph over Atholton last week.

She said not starting is not a big issue.

"I know that everybody that starts deserves to start, so I don't mind," said Lee, who added that when she does go in, "I usually stay in."

Mount Hebron (5-1 overall, 3-0 league) survived a hectic first 12 minutes when Hammond (4-4, 1-2) created seven penalty-corner opportunities. "They had us on our heels," said Ireland.

But sophomore goalie Katelyn Hoffman and the Vikings' defense withstood the Golden Bears' attack, and gradually Mount Hebron started playing some offense of its own.

With 10 minutes left in the first half, Ireland called a timeout and stressed to her team the importance of anticipating where the ball was going. Thirty-six seconds later, Lee scored.

Polly Purcell passed the ball from the right side into the circle and through the Hammond defense. Lee, a left wing, found herself unmarked and pushed it past goalie Erin Chrapaty.

"I had a clear shot," Lee said.

Said Hammond coach Gay Petrlik: "We made a blatant mistake and she capitalized on it."

Mount Hebron, which has only three starters from last year's county championship team, controlled most of the second half but couldn't put the ball in the cage.

"I'm disappointed about that," Ireland said. "We should have scored again."

L But overall she was very happy with her young team's effort.

"I'm really proud of this win because we're playing better as a team," Ireland said.

While Mount Hebron won for the fifth straight time, Hammond suffered its fourth consecutive loss. Still, Petrlik had nothing but praise for her team.

"We corrected a lot of things that we were doing wrong," Petrlik said.

"We improved on what we wanted to improved on," said Hammond junior Mandy Schroeder. "We proved to ourselves that we're a better team than how we've been playing. I think we played a great game."

No. 15 Centennial 3, Oakland Mills 0: Jessica Euler, Christi Rochelle and Kristen Gaudio scored.

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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