Mt. Hebron clinches crown with shutout Lee scores 2 Vikings goals in 4-0 win over Centennial

Field hockey

October 21, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron began the season with a 4-0 loss to McDonogh. Yesterday, the Vikings, who have not lost since, ended their regular season with a 4-0 victory over visiting Centennial and claimed the Howard County championship all to themselves.

Centennial (7-4-1 overall, 6-2-1 league) could have tied 15th-ranked Mount Hebron (10-1-1, 8-0-1) for the title with a victory. The Eagles controlled the game at the start, but couldn't finish.

Mount Hebron's Sue Lee, who hasn't started once this season, had been in the game roughly four minutes before she scored with 4: 07 left in the half. That was just the start of an incredible first-half finish as the Vikings added two more goals off penalty corners.

Emily Payne's fifth goal of the season came with 1: 29 remaining and then Lee scored her team-leading sixth goal with 16 seconds to go for a 3-0 lead. Liz Eberhart assisted on both of Lee's goals.

"The first goal hurt us the most," said Centennial coach Gail Purcell. "I don't think the kids expected them to score on us first."

Purcell added that "the third goal iced it. Had we come into halftime down 2-0, I think they would have thought they still had an opportunity."

Katie Jeschke added the fourth Vikings goal on a nice assist from Leigh Langmead with 1: 14 left to play.

Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland said her team's defense was the key.

"It's the cleanest my defense has played all season," said Ireland, who credited Becky Phillips, Kristin Jeschke, Tammi Slater, Eberhart and goalie Katelyn Hoffman.

Two-time county champion Mount Hebron plays host to Howard tomorrow in a first-round Class 2A South region playoff game. The Vikings, who defeated Howard, 4-0, last week, have lost six straight first-round playoff games.


No. 4 Mount Hebron 3, No. 11 Loch Raven 1: Kristina Kaltreider had seven kills to lead the host Vikings past Loch Raven, 12-15, 15-10, 15-12, 15-5.

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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