Hammond upends Glenelg, gains final with Hereford Workman's goal in 1-0 win comes off deflected shot

1A South girls soccer

November 08, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Melissa Workman reacted the best way she could.

Standing at the top of the box, the Hammond freshman forward saw the deflected shot come toward her.

"I didn't have time to hit it right. I just kicked it," Workman said. "It was toe ball."

The shot -- with 8: 26 left in the first half -- sailed into the top left corner of the net, and turned out to be the game-winner as seventh-ranked Hammond defeated Glenelg, 1-0, in a Class 1A South region semifinal yesterday at Glenelg.

"The shot they made was a good shot," said Glenelg coach Mike Williams. "There was nothing [goalie] Jamie [Epperlein] could have done with that one."

Hammond (14-1-1) advances to its third region final in four years, and will play ninth-ranked Hereford (14-3) either Tuesday or Wednesday night at Howard. Hereford, which lost to Glenelg in last year's Class 1A/2A state final, beat Sparrows Point, 1-0, on Friday.

The Golden Bears, who beat Glenelg, 1-0, in overtime in September, won the toss and elected to play first with the wind -- which was strong -- behind their back.

"I'd have taken it too," Williams said. "It was a good decision."

Hammond outshot Glenelg 9-2 in the first half, and took five corner kicks to none for Glenelg. The Gladiators (10-6) had held off Hammond for 30 minutes, but failed to clear the ball out of the box when Workman, the only freshman on a team with 11 seniors, connected.

"She's made two important goals in the last two games," said Hammond coach Peter Di Marco, pointing out that Workman's goal Tuesday with seven minutes in regulation tied the game at 2-all against Oakland Mills. "She is very cool under pressure."

With the wind at their back in the second half, the Gladiators put more pressure Hammond's defense and goalie Lindsey Mitchell. But the Golden Bears, who have allowed only eight goals this season, were up to the task.

"We played one of our better defensive games of the year," Di Marco said.

Added Williams: "Give the credit to Hammond. I think they just outplayed us a little bit."

Pub Date: 11/08/98

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