Mt. Hebron clinches 1st county title, tops Oakland Mills, 6-0 Rout ends two captains' runner-up frustration

October 28, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The players sang together. Danced together. Posed for pictures. Then they piled on top of one another in a squirming tangle of arms and legs to celebrate something that no other Mount Hebron boys soccer team has celebrated -- a county championship.

Yesterday's moment resulted from third-ranked Mount Hebron's 6-0 victory over No. 5 Oakland Mills in Columbia.

The win boosted Mount Hebron's overall record to 12-1-1 and league record to 8-0-1 and dropped Oakland Mills to 12-2 and 7-2.

And the win ended a career of frustration for senior captains Pete Lindahl and Matt Midura, who endured county runner-up finishes in 1995 and 1996 and searing, one-goal regional championship losses in 1996 and 1997.

"We've been here since we were freshmen, and were always so close in the big games," Midura said. "So this feels good. This team is like a family. Everyone hangs out together."

Said Lindahl: "This year we worked better as a team. We don't have a dominant scorer."

Five players scored against Oakland Mills, which could have shared the county title with River Hill had the Scorpions won.

Mount Hebron scored its first goal in the third minute when David Lechtrecker (five goals, eight assists) struck a corner kick to Jung Chun (five goals), whose header deflected off one Oakland Mills player and was kicked in by another Scorpion.

Then it was Matt White (seven goals, three assists) in the 17th minute taking a pass from Midura (three goals, five assists) and scoring off a left-footed shot.

In the 18th minute, 6-foot-5 Bobby Bergin made it 3-0 off an assist from Max Markotic.

And in the 23rd minute, Markotic kicked home a deflected ball in front of the goal for a 4-0 lead.

Nathan Rauscher scored the fifth goal on a cross from Lechtrecker in the 40th minute. Markotic ended the scoring in the 48th minute with a 20-yard blast off a feed from Midura.

Three of the past four meetings between the teams were 1-0 games. The Scorpions defeated Mount Hebron, 1-0, in 1994 and 1997. The Vikings won 1-0 in 1995 and 7-1 in 1996.

"We expected a tougher game," Lindahl said. "We came out hard and put them away early. We came out ready to play and they were never ready. They're better than 6-0."

Lindahl said last Friday's unexpected tie against Centennial contributed to Mount Hebron's fast start. Midura agreed.

"It motivated us big-time," Midura said. "We knew this was must-win and seem to play better in those games."

Pub Date: 10/28/98

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