Hebron swamps River Hill, 14-3

Win positions Vikings for shot at county title

April 30, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

When Mount Hebron coach Jeff Doolan boarded the bus for yesterday's showdown with River Hill, he thought his team looked tired. They had spent Activities Articulation Day serving as school guides for next year's prospective freshmen and trudging from one end of the school to the other for six hours.

"We were sluggish during our warm-up," Doolan said. "But about 30 seconds before the game they flipped a switch."

The Vikings (6-4 overall, 6-0 league) played with intensity and high energy, swarming the field and outplaying River Hill (9-2, 5-1) in every phase of the game.

Showing no evidence of weariness, the Vikings trounced the Hawks, 14-3. And with three league games remaining and River Hill apparently their top competition, they put themselves in position to win the county championship.

"We seemed tired at school and were silent on the bus, but we were really just focusing on the game," said Matt Midura, the team's outstanding senior midfielder whose superb all-around play evidenced itself again yesterday and included two goals and two assists. "We played hard from the start. This team is building confidence in each other with each game."

The defense of Dave Smith, Adam Cummins, Kyle Chacon and Einar Wulfsberg held River Hill to one goal until the fourth quarter. The Vikings led 8-1 at halftime and 4-0 after the first quarter.

The attack of Bryan Warner (two goals, five assists), Mike Selawski (five goals, two assists) and Neal Goldman (one goal, two assists) shredded River Hill's defense.

"River Hill played a zone three-quarters of the game, and we were patient and waited for good shots," Doolan said.

Mount Hebron's goalkeeper, Dan Valente, made 12 saves.

"The defense was great, we played a full 40 minutes and did a great job on ground balls. Dan played well in goal, the offense was unselfish, and Tim Yendall did an awesome job on faceoffs," Doolan said. "Jon Machiran, who had only 11 points before today, scored three goals. They are coming together and seeing how they can win."

Pub Date: 4/30/99

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