Mt. Hebron takes region with 1-0 win Vikings oust Long Reach, get 1st state trip since '82

Field hockey

October 31, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron's Susan Lee stood at the scorer's table, trying to get the attention of Melissa Lennon.

"I called her a couple of times, but I guess she didn't hear me," said Lee, who was waiting to replace Lennon.

"I didn't hear her," Lennon said. "I was paying attention to the game."

Lee had been waiting two minutes when Lennon scored with 15: 28 left in the first half. Lennon's second goal of the season turned out to be the only score of the game as 14th-ranked Mount Hebron earned a hard-fought 1-0 victory over visiting Long Reach for the Class 2A South region title and a trip to the state tournament.

The Vikings (13-1-1) will play Towson, a 2-0 winner yesterday over Loch Raven, at 12: 30 p.m. Monday in a semifinal game at Goucher College. It will be Mount Hebron's first trip to the state tournament since 1982.

"It's something I never thought we'd do this year," said Mount Hebron senior Emily Payne. "I'm overjoyed with the way we've come together as a team. It's not individuals that have gotten us here. It's a team effort."

Payne started the Vikings' scoring play with a free hit from the right side. As the ball crossed into the circle, it was redirected to Lennon near the far post. Goalie Jay Lance had come out, but the ball quickly went by her.

"I think the goalie was out to far," said Lennon, a senior captain. "Obviously, I was at the right spot at the right time."

Long Reach coach Kelly Morano didn't blame Lance, who had 16 saves and is one of the county's top goalies.

Mount Hebron controlled the start and the end of the game. But Long Reach, a second-year team that started only one senior, more than held its own against the two-time defending county champion.

"They played well," Payne said.

"Long Reach was really prepared," said Mount Hebron coach Jeannett Ireland.

Long Reach (7-8-2) had a good season. The Lightning didn't win a game last year but this season defeated perennial power Centennial, 2-1, and lost twice by one goal to the Vikings.

"I'm proud," said Morano, who got excellent games yesterday from Lane, Jessica Burkhardt and Theresa Heston, three of nine sophomores on the team. "Hebron has a lot of skills. For us to play them twice and lose 1-0, well, that's very exciting. Playing them twice can only make us better next year. You learn from the best."

Boys soccer

No. 11 Hammond 4, Catoctin 0: T.J. Peterson had two goals and an assist as the Bears (10-4-1) shut out the host Cougars (4-11-1) in the Class 1A South final. Brian Pietryka scored 28 seconds into the match. Hammond, which outshot Cougars, 23-2, also got goals from Craig Fienberg and Jules Gero.

Pub Date: 10/31/97

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