Hereford holds off Patapsco for title Norman's second-half goal lifts Bulls to 1-0 win

Field hockey

October 21, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Different year, same result.

For the second straight year, Hereford met Patapsco in the Baltimore County field hockey championship. And for the second straight year, 11th-ranked Hereford came out on top, this time using Laurie Norman's second-half goal to score a 1-0 victory over the host Patriots yesterday.

Hereford (10-2), which scored a 3-2 victory last year, often kept possession in this matchup. The Bulls outshot Patapsco, 8-3, and had 15 penalty corners to just three for the Patriots.

"We moved the ball up the field, but we had trouble scoring because Patapsco was really good in the circle," said Hereford coach Tammy Mundie.

The Bulls had some good chances in the first half and finally broke through after the intermission. After the Bulls kept the ball in the circle and made several attempts at shots, Norman fired the ball in from about 5 yards out 4 minutes, 30 seconds into the half.

"I didn't think it was going to go in," said Norman. "We were getting a little frustrated because we needed more communication."

The Bulls often manufactured chances, especially off the numerous penalty corners, but Patapsco goalie Jenn Sobszak made some nice saves and the Patriots' defense cleared well.

Patapsco (10-3) even stepped up the offensive pressure after the goal. Shanell Holloway, the team's lone senior, made a number of strong rushes in the second half.

Both teams benefitted from some solid defense. Becca Woods, Norah Baublitz and Rachel Phillips helped Sobszak for Patapsco.

But the victorious Bulls also needed some work from their defense. Jen Benhoff, Jen Marstellar and goalie Jessica Turnbaugh helped turn away Patapsco challenges and move the ball upfield.

Melissa Cornet and Lara Peterson worked well on offense for Hereford, which was hurt by the loss of Sarah Warner, one of its top players. Warner broke a finger during practice and needed surgery.

The Bulls hope she will return for their Class 1A North Region playoff opener Friday against Pikesville. Patapsco meets Overlea Thursday in its Class 2A North Region playoff game.

Patapsco coach Lori Powers took pride in her team's effort. The Patriots are young and loaded with sophomores, but went 9-0 to win the Mallard Division.

"I think Hereford had all the pressure on them because they're the defending county champion," said Powers. "Hereford had plenty of opportunities to score, but my kids kept fighting."


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Pub Date: 10/21/97

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