No dramatics needed, as Hammond wins title Golden Bears' 6-0 rout of Williamsport caps season

Class 1A girls soccer

November 22, 1998|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

A photo of the Hammond-Williamsport girls soccer game that appeared in the sports section in some editions Sunday showed Hammond's Melissa Workman and Williamsport's Kaci Resav. Workman was incorrectly identified in the caption.

The Sun regrets the errors.

Something was missing. There was no tension, no drama and no overtime.

Those elements had become synonymous with Hammond as it won three of four playoff games in shootouts. But yesterday, in the Class 1A state championship game against Williamsport, none of those things surfaced.

Instead, all the fourth-ranked Golden Bears did was score. And score. And score some more.

Junior forward Katie Fink found the net six minutes into the game, and Hammond was on its way to a 6-0 victory over the Wildcats of Washington County at North County High School.

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"This is great," said Hammond goalkeeper Lindsey Mitchell, who, with two other teammates, left immediately for Raleigh, N.C., where her club team was playing in a tournament. "We had to go through a lot to get here. We had four close ones."

Hammond (17-1-1) opened the playoffs with a shootout win over Oakland Mills, then beat Glenelg, 1-0. In the South Region final against Hereford, the Golden Bears tied the game with under two minutes, then won a shootout. In last week's state semifinal, Hammond outshot Snow Hill, 34-4, but didn't score and needed a goal by Mitchell to win the shootout, 7-6.

No one on the Hammond sideline was complaining about yesterday's one-sided victory.

"I was tired of all that tension," Fink said. "I couldn't take it anymore."

Hammond, which earned state championships in 1989 and 1991, had watched Williamsport (16-2-1) last week in the semifinals, and felt good about its chances.

"We knew we could beat them," said Hammond coach Peter Di Marco. "The key for us was to score first."

Fink, who came off the bench in every game this season but the final two, collected a nice through pass from junior midfielder Martha Bielefeld and scored left-footed from 20 yards into an open net.

Williamsport goalie Nicole Leisinger came out slowly and too far, leaving the goal wide open.

"She [Fink] was really cool in that moment," Di Marco said. "She looked up and saw the net was open and put it in. That was key."

Said Fink: "We knew in order to win we had to come out fast, take a lot of shots and score first. Once we got the first goal it was all us. We just needed to break the seal."

Sweeper Lauren Traber added: "It usually takes us awhile to get in our game, but today we came out right from the start and I don't think they were ready for that."

Michelle Jenkins scored her team-high 11th goal of the season 9: 33 into the game and Hammond was on its way. Freshman Melissa Workman, whose late goals against Oakland Mills and Herford sent those playoff games into overtime, scored twice in the last 13 minutes of the half to gave Hammond a 4-0 halftime lead.

"We did everything right," said Di Marco. "Today we weren't so wasteful as we have been in other playoff games. We were making our chances count."

Bielefeld and junior Meg Tilley added second-half goals for Hammond, which posted 14 shutouts this season and allowed only 10 goals.

Traber had another exceptional game at sweeper, directing the defense.

"She's been very consistent all season," Di Marco said. "She has stopped so many chances."

Hammond outshot Williamsport, 18-3. Mitchell, who came out of the game with seven minutes and went back in two minutes later as a forward, had two saves.

"That was the best team we've faced all year," said Williamsport coach John Weimer, whose program is in its fourth season. "Hopefully, we'll learn something from this game."

Hammond played splendidly yesterday, using its strong passing attack to create opportunities. And unlike previous playoff games, it finished, and finished strong.

Hammond will graduate 11 seniors, but four of the five players that scored yesterday are underclassmen.

"It's been a great season," Di Marco said. "I couldn't even talk to them because I was crying like a baby in the huddle after the game. "It was a very emotional moment for me."

Pub Date: 11/22/98

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