Header in 2nd overtime gives River Hill 2-1 win Allen's goal lifts Hawks past No. 8 Mount Hebron

October 16, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Billy Allen was River Hill's goal-scoring leader last season, but his role on this year's team had made him more of an assist man.

Yesterday in overtime at Mount Hebron, he reverted to his old form, however, scoring the game-winning goal with 3 minutes 33 seconds left in a 2-1 double-overtime victory against the No. 8-ranked Vikings.

No. 3-ranked River Hill improved to 9-1 overall and 6-1 in the league. Mount Hebron, which may face River Hill again in the Class 2A playoffs, dropped to 5-2-1 and 4-2.

What was most amazing about Allen's goal was the style. It was a header. And Allen, who has three goals and seven assists, is just 5-foot-5 -- not exactly a height conducive to headers.

"Scoring the winning goal is great but doing it on a header is better," Allen said. "I haven't scored on a header for a couple of years because everyone else has grown past me."

The play developed when River Hill's Todd Tedrow played a ball down the right side to Randal Brown and Mount Hebron goalkeeper Tom Wunk came out to the top of the box to break up the drive. Tedrow retrieved the deflection off Wunk, who made nine saves, and chipped a pass over a Mount Hebron defender's head. Allen powered it into the net.

"Mount Hebron played well and was well-coached," Allen said. "Their midfield, especially No. 7 [Pete Lindahl] controlled the game. We expected them to be good, but we didn't think it would be this close."

River Hill scored its first goal in the 72nd minute when Brown headed in a header from Tedrow for his fourth goal this season. "Todd headed it toward the goal and it ricocheted to me," Brown said. "I was about 6 yards out."

Mount Hebron rallied to tie in the 74th minute on an outstanding shot by 6-foot-4 Bobby Bergin off a corner kick from Lindahl. From an almost horizontal position, Bergin made a left-footed kick that found the inside of the far post, beating River Hill goalkeeper Brad Breen, who had nine saves in the game.

River Hill took eight corner kicks to four for the Vikings, and had an additional five play-ins from inside the 18-yard line to three for Mount Hebron.

"We didn't have a good defensive scheme in the midfield today," River Hill coach Bill Stara said. "We'll do better the next time."

"We gave Brown too much space in overtime," said Mount Hebron coach Scott Conroy. "And their sweeper [Sam Salganik] made a big difference at the end."

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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