Hammond wins again in shootout Bears top Snow Hill, 1-0, advance to state final

Class 1A girls soccer

November 15, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Hammond has never a met a shootout it didn't like.

The fifth-ranked Golden Bears, playing in their third shootout of the playoffs, defeated Snow Hill yesterday when goalie Lindsey Mitchell, the 22nd shooter, placed the ball perfectly in the right corner. That gave the Golden Bears a 7-6 advantage in the 11-player shootout and a 1-0 victory in the Class 1A state semifinal at Hammond.

"We're going to become the shootout champions of the world," said Hammond coach Peter Di Marco, seconds after Mitchell connected on the only shot of her four-year varsity career.

Hammond (16-1-1) will play Williamsport (16-1-1) of Washington County in Saturday's championship at North County High School in Anne Arundel County. Williamsport of Washington County got three goals from Stephanie Ritchie en route to a 5-0 victory over Harford County's Havre de Grace (8-7) in yesterday's opening game.

The Golden Bears, who had shootout wins against Oakland Mills (7-4) in the first round and Hereford (8-5) in the South Region championship, dominated their opponent from the Worcester County.

Snow Hill (13-2-1) didn't take its first shot until the 52nd minute. Mitchell had only three saves -- two in the second half and one in the first overtime.

Offensively, Hammond outshot the Eagles, 23-3, in regulation, and 11-1 in the two 10-minute overtime periods.

"I thought our passing game was on. We created chance after chance after chance," said Di Marco, whose team has won all five of their overtime games this season. "We did everything right, we just couldn't put the ball in the net."

Hammond, which had a late first-half goal called back by an offside call, had shots hit the post and crossbar. But what hurt the Golden Bears most, beside rushing their shots at times, was Snow Hill goalie Katie Hancock, who had 19 saves.

"She made some great saves and kept them in the game," said Mitchell.

In the shootout, goals by Martha Bielefeld, Sarah Walker, Erika Dietsch and Erin Davis gave Hammond a 4-3 lead after six shooters. Michelle Jenkins gave the Golden Bears a 5-4 advantage before Amy Byrd tied it with two shooters left.

Snow Hill's Courtney Collins shot to the left, but it hit the post and rolled wide. Monica Serianni connected into the right corner to give Hammond a 6-5 lead.

The last two shooters were the goalies.

"I knew if she made it I would have to shoot it," said Mitchell, who made three saves in the shootout. "I was trying to save it, but she hit a good shot."

Hancock, who made two saves in the shootout, put the ball cleanly in the right corner.

It was Mitchell's turn. "I was nervous," she said.

Mitchell shot to the right-hand corner, and Hancock didn't have a chance.

"I knew she was going to make it," said Hammond defender Kelly Workman. "That's a true all-state player. You can always count on her."

Said Di Marco: "She's been a dominant force on our team all year. She made a couple good saves in the shootout, then she finished the game for us."

Snow Hill coach Greg Grim was proud of his team's effort. The Eagles, in their third year of soccer, lost 4-0 last year to Glenelg in the playoffs.

"We've obviously improved during that time," said Grim, whose team had a 3 1/2 -hour trip. "To come to their field and do this well is quite an accomplishment."

Pub Date: 11/15/98

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