Field hockey title could turn on nearing, head-to-head games Notebook

October 10, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Emily's Payne's second-half goal gave Mount Hebron's field hockey team a 2-1 win over host Glenelg yesterday, keeping the Vikings unbeaten in a very tight county race.

Mount Hebron has won six straight county games, all by one goal. Two were by 2-1 margins and four by 1-0.

River Hill (5-1) and Centennial (4-1-1) are in second and third place, respectively. The Hawks beat Wilde Lake, 1-0, and Centennial tied Atholton yesterday, 1-1. The top three teams will play each other twice over the last three games. The schedule:

Mount Hebron: Oct. 14, River Hill; 16, at Howard; 20, Centennial.

River Hill: Oct. 14, at Mount Hebron; 16, Centennial; 20, Atholton.

Centennial: Oct. 14, Wilde Lake; 16, at River Hill; 20, at Mount Hebron.

"It's anybody's game at this point," said Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland. "We focus on one game at a time."

Mount Hebron, which has won eight straight after losing its season opener, 4-0, to McDonogh, might have an advantage in that its games against River Hill and Centennial are at home.

"It's definitely an advantage to play on your home field, but River Hill and Centennial are excellent teams, and you can't take anything for granted," said Payne, one of three returning starters from last year's county championship team.

Payne is the only Mount Hebron player who was on the varsity two years ago when the Vikings blew a 3-0 lead at Glenelg and lost to the Gladiators in overtime. It was the final regular-season game, and it cost Mount Hebron the county title.

The memory of that game was "definitely a motivation for me," said Payne, returning to the site for the first time. "It was so disappointing two years ago that it made me want it that much more.

Girls soccer race

Mount Hebron's girls soccer team might not win the county title, but it could have a say which team does.

The fourth-place Vikings (3-2 league) play the three teams ahead of them, beginning with a trip to first-place River Hill (5-0) on Wednesday.

"We're excited to play River Hill. It should be fun," said Mount Hebron coach Jonathan Davis, whose team rebounded from two straight losses with a 3-0 win Tuesday against Long Reach.

The regular season concludes with four games over eight days. Here are the schedules of the top three teams:

River Hill (5-0): Oct. 15, Mount Hebron; 17, at Centennial; 20, at Atholton; 22, Hammond.

Oakland Mills (4-1): Oct. 15, at Hammond; 17, Glenelg; 20, at Howard; 22, Mount Hebron.

Centennial (4-1): Oct. 15, at Wilde Lake; 17, River Hill; 20, at Mount Hebron; 22, at Glenelg.

The 10th-ranked Hawks have outscored county opponents 15-1 on their home field, which is the county's widest. They have struggled on the road, beating Glenelg, 2-1, in overtime, and Howard, 1-0.

"It's much easier to play on a larger field because you can spread the game out," said River Hill forward Natalie Cox.

River Hill's Caitlin Bair, who injured her knee and ankle against Wilde Lake Sept. 24, returned to action Tuesday against Howard. Leilani Ho, who broke her left fibula last June and had a bone chip in the same ankle, saw action for the first time last week against Oakland Mills.


Wilde Lake will have a seventh player Monday when it plays Glenelg.

"It will be the first regular-season game that we've had a sub," said Wilde Lake coach Melissa Dombkiewicz.

The Wildecats (1-8 overall, 0-7 league) came close to their first league win Wednesday before dropping a five-game match to visiting Oakland Mills, 15-8, 15-12, 13-15, 8-15, 15-3.

"Teams aren't beating us. We're beating ourselves," said Dombkiewicz. "They get down on themselves. They give up so easily."

Injuries and a few players quitting have led to Wilde Lake playing its matches with just six players. Charissa Manolopoulos, Sarah Albert, Lindsay Smardon, Jessie Roy-Harrison, Leslie Devereux and Jamie Allison played Wednesday. Cathy Stacey was ill and missed the match but will be ready on Monday.

Dombkiewicz, who called up Deveraux from the JV, is looking forward to have someone on the bench. "Now I'll be able to take someone out, talk to [her], and get [her] mentally back in the game."

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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