Hawks fly past Hebron in OT Cornerkick goal at end of 1st OT is game-winner

October 16, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Kathy Gaertner thought her corner kick would sail over the goal.

"I thought it was going out," said the River Hill senior midfielder. "I was ready to run back to the middle for the goal kick."

Gaertner did run back toward the middle, but only to receive congratulatory hugs from her teammates. Her corner kick -- with eight seconds left in the first overtime -- landed in the far corner of the net, giving the Hawks a 1-0 victory yesterday over visiting Mount Hebron.

"I try to get it in that general area," Gaertner said. "It just curved a little more."

Said Mount Hebron goalie Meghan Reese: "I think I misjudged it. I came out when I wasn't supposed to. It was a beautifully placed shot."

The victory set up tomorrow's showdown between the county's first and second place teams, when 10th-ranked River Hill (8-1 overall, 6-0 league) travels to defending county champion Centennial (5-3-1, 5-1).

River Hill dominated the second half and overtime.

"They really came at us strong," said Reese, who had an excellent game.

The Hawks had six corner kicks in the second half and outshot Mount Hebron, 14-0. But many of their shots deflected off defenders as the Vikings packed in the middle.

"We had a lot of opportunities but just couldn't put it in," said Gaertner. "They had so many people in the middle. It was hard to get a shot off. They closed so fast."

"They took very few shots that we didn't have someone on them," said Mount Hebron coach Jonathan Davis.

Davis said it "was never our intention" to play defensively and hope for a tie. "We wanted to play offense, but we couldn't get forward," he said. "We couldn't complete two passes."

Besides Reese, Beckey Purtell, Rebecca Ferrell, Tracey Bounds, Katie Nordhoff and Melody Charles had good defensive games for the Vikings (5-4, 3-3).

River Hill coach Cynthia Odell said her team was "lucky to win. We played a terrible game. Mount Hebron played well. They're fast. They beat us to the ball."

Odell added: "In the second half we picked it up, but we need to play better in order to win."

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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