Hereford takes third title in row Bulls blank Patapsco, win Baltimore County crown

Field hockey

October 23, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Julia McKibbin, Kelly Harris and Kim Dean each scored to help No. 11-ranked Hereford win its third consecutive Baltimore County championship, 3-0, over a stubborn Patapsco squad yesterday. This was the third straight year the Bulls have beaten the Patriots in the title game.

Hereford (10-3) defeated Patapsco (10-3) by one goal in the past two championship games (3-2 and 1-0). Despite this year's three-goal margin, the game was tight throughout. Hereford often drove the ball into the Patapsco end, but the Patriots defense held fast, consistently clearing the ball out of trouble.

Hereford outshot Patapsco, 7-2, but the Bulls rarely found good offensive opportunities. Goalie Jen Sobczak played well for Patapsco, as did Norah Baublitz, Mandy Talley and Becca Woods in the defensive end.

"We didn't have many scoring opportunities," said Hereford coach Tammy Mundie. "But the ones we had, we scored on."

McKibbin scored the first goal, taking a nice centering pass from Jodi Anderson and firing a 10-yard shot through a maze of defenders and into the right corner of the cage 13 minutes into the game.

Patapsco came out hard after halftime, getting two good scoring chances, but the Bulls foiled both. Hereford made it 2-0 with 25: 50 left when Harris scored after a good feed from Sarah Warner after a corner hit. Warner sprained an ankle in the first half but finished the game.

Dean got the game's final goal with 14: 35 left, tapping the ball in after a scramble in front.

"We knew we had to make sure we kept the pressure on," said McKibbin. "We knew that they were going to be ready."

The Bulls also benefited from strong defensive and midfield play. Jen Marstellar and Melanie Schwarzmann often stopped the Patriots' attacks and kept the ball away from goalie Jen Kostick, who made just one save.

"We really thought that this was going to be our year," said Patapsco coach Lori Powers. "It's a tough loss."

Pub Date: 10/23/98

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