Tied with : 02 left, Hereford scores OT win Bolstered Bulls advance as game Pikesville falls

October 25, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Her team dominated play for nearly 60 minutes, yet as regulation time expired in yesterday's Class 1A North playoff opener against Pikesville, there was Hereford coach Tammy Mundie, trying to keep her players from falling apart.

The Panthers tied the score with a mere two seconds left to play, and the host Bulls seemed in danger of collapse.

"My kids came back with tears in their eyes," said Mundie. "I just started screaming at them, 'This is your game. If you want it, you go back and fight for it.'"

Her Bulls got the message.

Because 2 minutes, 13 seconds into overtime, Amber Bell scored the goal that gave Hereford a 2-1 win and eliminated Pikesville from postseason play.

The two-time defending Baltimore County champions advanced in the regional tournament to face Chesapeake-BC on Tuesday. A year ago, they made it to the state semifinals for the first time since 1985.

To get through this one, however, the Bulls (11-2) first had to outlast game, but overmatched, Pikesville.

Despite a 15-3 advantage in shots, Hereford held only a 1-0 lead for much of the second half after Tracy Kessler's goal off a penalty corner with 19: 52 left in regulation. The Bulls missed another prime scoring chance when Pikesville goalie Lindsey Presser deflected Melissa Cornet's penalty shot off a post.

The score stayed that way until the final seconds, when the Panthers miraculously cashed their final chance to force overtime.

With the clock on the field, Jamie Kleiman sent a penalty corner toward the middle, where Lauren Rosenfeld stopped the ball and moved it to Amy Roth, who fired in a bullet with just two ticks left on the clock.

Pikesville celebrated while dejected Hereford tried to regroup. By the time overtime had begun, it appeared that the Bulls had done just that.

They quickly pushed the ball upfield. Kessler then popped up a centering pass, and in one motion, Bell plucked it out of mid-air and into the goal.

"Tracy knocked it up and I just swung," said Bell. "I wanted that goal so bad."

Though the loss was disappointing, Pikesville coach Tim Fowler said he had to be pleased with his team's heart throughout, especially in the end.

"Obviously, we did not have they speed they did, and that was a disadvantage to us the whole game," said Fowler. "But we fought and fought, and finally got that corner at the end. I think the kids are very proud of their effort."

Pub Date: 10/25/97

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