Mt. Hebron's extra work pays off Vikings score two goals on penalty strokes to edge Towson in 2A semifinal

November 04, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

For 60 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime, Mount Hebron and Towson went back and forth yesterday in a Class 2A semifinal game at Goucher College.

"I felt the game could have gone either way," said Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland.

The outcome came down to penalty strokes. And strangely, what had been a close, exciting game suddenly turned anticlimactic. Mount Hebron was that much better.

Katie Jeschke and Trish Derwart scored excellent goals, and goalie Katelyn Hoffman kept Towson out of the cage to earn the Vikings a 2-0 shootout advantage.

"It's unbelievable," said Ireland. "You don't expect to be here, but now we're here."

Mount Hebron (14-1-1) will meet six-time state champion Bethesda-Chevy Chase, a 3-0 winner over Easton, at 2 p.m. Saturday at Goucher for the championship. The Vikings are the fifth Howard County team to reach the finals. Centennial, in 1995, won the county's only state title.

The difference in yesterday's game, which ended 1-1 in regulation, turned out to be preparation. Ireland has her team practice penalty strokes every day. Towson rarely practices them at all.

"I was afraid it was going to haunt me," Towson coach Holly West said.

Towson's penalty-stroke shots were weak. Only once did Hoffman have to stretch to make a save.

"I expected shots like the kind my team puts on me," said Hoffman, one of five sophomores on the squad. "I was surprised."

Each team picks five players for the penalty-stroke shootout. Mount Hebron went first, and sophomore Jeschke sent a clear message with a hard shot that flew past goalie Katie Coyne's shoulder.

"We do them all the time in practice," said Jeschke, who had never taken one in a game. "I was confident."

Towson's West said Coyne was her best shooter, and selected her to go first. Coyne, who had made a penalty stroker earlier in the season, took a shot that dribbled to the waiting Hoffman.

The second shooters -- Mount Hebron's Sue Lee and Towson's Lindsay Buchanan -- had their shots blocked.

Trish Derwart went next for Mount Hebron, and hit a bullet into the corner.

"She has the best stroke on the team," said senior Emily Payne.

Said Derwart: "When I get up to that line, I know it's going in. I do have that confidence in my strokes. Nothing is going to stand in my way."

Kate Finley's shot went wide on Towson's third attempt.

Coyne blocked Leigh Langmead's shot with her glove, keeping Towson's chances alive. The Generals' Rachel Tracy had to score to force a fifth hitter, but her soft shot was right at Hoffman.

Melissa Lennon, with a nice assist from Polly Purcell, gave Mount Hebron a 1-0 lead 3: 07 into the game. Towson (9-4-1) played a stronger second half, and Buchanan tied the game with 13: 14 remaining.

The Vikings outhustled Towson in the overtime, but could not finish.

Derwart, Hoffman, Tammy Slater, Kristin Jeschke and Becky Phillips had excellent defensive games for the winners.

Pub Date: 11/03/97

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