Hereford stops Oak. Mills Two late scores oust Scorpions from 1A/2A, 2-1

November 11, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Not this time, Oakland Mills.

Unbeaten Hereford, which had been eliminated by the Scorpions in the state tournament twice in the last three years, scored two times within four minutes late in the second half to beat Oakland Mills, 2-1, last night in a Class 1A/2A state semifinal at Howard High School.

The Bulls, making their second tip to the final in two years, will play Glenelg in Saturday's championship at Dundalk Community College. The Gladiators, playing in the first game of a doubleheader, took 41 shots en route to a 4-0 victory over Snow Hill of Worcester County.

The Scorpions (12-5-1) defeated Hereford 1-0 in the state semifinals three years ago and 2-0 in the state championship two years ago. And for the first 65 minutes last night the Bulls, who gave up a goal 5: 13 into the game, appeared headed for another frustrating loss.

Then it happened. Hereford (13-0-3) put relentless pressure on the Oakland Mills defense and it paid off with goals by Katie Sonnefeld with 12: 13 to play and Melissa Mueller's game-winner with 8: 17 remaining.

"They totally dominated us two years ago," said Mueller, a junior who has 24 goals this season. "We had to nail them this year."

Hereford tied the game off a throw-in from the right side. Jessica Fisher threw the ball in and it hit Sonnefeld's head and rolled toward the goal. An Oakland Mills defender tried to clear it but kicked it right back to Sonnefeld, who scored from nine feet out.

"I was just at the right place at the right time," said Sonnefeld.

"That was the big one," said Mueller. "It broke their backs and it let us score the second one."

Hereford continued to apply heavy pressure, and Oakland Mills had no answers.

"We were having trouble clearing it," said Oakland Mills senior Leslie Miller, who scored her team's goal off a corner kick. "We got lucky for a while, but it caught up with us."

Sarah Stoltz, to the left of the goal, fed an open Mueller on the right side and she sent a bullet into the net for the winning goal.

"It's taking us to the state final, so I guess it's my biggest one," said the junior forward of her goal.

Said Hereford coach Steve Power: "We really play well together. This is a very unselfish team, and they all like each other."

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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