Hereford's D makes a stand Bulls stifle Friends for significant 3-1 win

Field hockey

September 15, 1998|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After No. 11 Friends and No. 13 Hereford outscored their early opponents by a combined total of 11-1, yesterday's meeting figured to be a defensive showdown.

However, Hereford's backfield outshone a hesitant Quakers defense en route to a 3-1 Bulls victory.

Although the Bulls' defense cracked first, allowing host Friends an early score off a penalty corner, the Bulls regrouped for 42 shutout minutes. Most notably, Bulls defenders Molly Adams, Melanie Schwarzmann, Erin Woods and Kelly Harris made several stands late in the game.

For Hereford (3-0), two-time defending Baltimore County champion and state Class 1A semifinalist, the victory over Friends (2-1) marked another milestone in the growth of their program. This win was their first over an Association of Independent Schools team.

The Bulls, who had allowed only one goal this season on a penalty stroke, nearly stopped Friends' well-executed corner play seven minutes into the game. Bulls' goalie Jen Kostick stopped Maron Deering's powerful drive down the middle, but when the ball slipped through her feet, Molly O'Connor was there to tap it in the cage behind her.

Sarah Warner tied the game with 7: 05 left, but the decisive goal came just four seconds before the half. After Lizzie Cusak and Edith Swain cleared away successive Hereford shots, Warner drove a ball down the middle that Tracy Kessler redirected to Amanda Colman for the score.

Pub Date: 9/15/98

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