Hafets, Hammond pass Mt. Hebron test, 1-0 Goal in second overtime ends Vikings' county run

Field hockey

September 29, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Eighteen inches. That was the focus of the speech Amy Hafets gave her Hammond teammates as they rode the bus toward Mount Hebron for yesterday's game.

Hafets' father, Richard, had provided the message Sunday night. "He said that all that matters is 18 inches. That's the distance between your heart and your mind," Hafets said. "It means that if you play smart and play with your heart, everything will fall into place."

Little did Hafets know how true those words would be. Or that her goal would decide the outcome of the game.

Seventy-five seconds into the second overtime, Hafets scored her fourth goal of the season to give unbeaten Hammond (4-0-1 (( overall, 2-0 in league) a 1-0 victory over the ninth-ranked Vikings.

"This proves a lot to the girls. I think they'll believe in themselves," said Hammond coach Gay Petrlik. "We said that we had to beat someone of substance, and we did. It's very important to beat a team like Mount Hebron, who has a program we respect."

The Vikings (3-4, 1-1) have been shut out in four straight losses. They had not lost to a county team in the regular season since the last game of 1995, when they bowed in overtime at Glenelg. Since then Mount Hebron has had back-to-back 8-0-1 county records that produced two county championships.

"It hurts. No one likes to lose," said Mount Hebron junior Katie Jeschke. "But we're going to come out of this as a team. We're going to fight back and win because we have the talent to do so. Our season is just beginning."

Both teams played well, displaying solid skills and athleticism. And both defenses did a good job limiting the amount of scoring opportunities.

Mount Hebron had the only shots in the first overtime, both by Jeschke. One went wide, the other was stopped by goalie Erin Chrapaty.

Hammond's goal started when Andrea Feldstein took a free hit outside the circle and to the left of the Mount Hebron goal.

"Lauren Snyder tapped it in the circle and Courtney Vaughan continued the movement and it came to me," Hafets said. "I hit it and the goalie stopped it with her pad. I took if off her pads and shot it."

The ball passed goalie Katelyn Hoffman and went into the right corner of the cage.

"It was heavenly. It was so amazing," Hafets said of her reaction. "The feeling was so unreal."

Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland, whose team lost to three highly-ranked teams -- St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, Severna Park and Bryn Mawr -- before yesterday's game, said her team knew Hammond would be tough.

"I think we were prepared. We just didn't finish in our offensive circle," said Ireland. "We need to get more opportunities. We only had three corners, and that's not like us."

Pub Date: 9/29/98

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