No. 1 Hebron thumps Centennial

18-2 romp puts Vikings within reach of 11th title

May 07, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Fifteen minutes were left to play.

"Come on, Hebron," came the voice from the stands, "step it up."

Mount Hebron, the area's No. 1-ranked team, led Centennial 15-2 at the time.

Tough crowd.

But sure enough, Katie Frande responded with a goal 20 seconds later. The unbeaten Vikings added two more scores and handed the Eagles their first county loss of the season, 18-2, on Centennial Lane yesterday.

Mount Hebron (13-0 overall, 8-0 league) travels to Oakland Mills (4-7, 2-6) Monday, and a victory would give the Vikings their ninth straight undefeated county season. They have earned 11 county titles in 12 years and will be favored in the playoffs to capture a seventh state title in the last eight years.

Mount Hebron started slowly against its county rival. It controlled the ball but shot poorly.

"We tried to force it too much," said Mount Hebron senior Alyssa Trocher. "Once we slowed it down and spread out, everything opened up."

Polly Purcell opened the scoring with 18: 56 left in the first half, and the Vikings didn't stop until Julie Scurachio's goal with 19 seconds made it 11-0 at halftime.

Eight players scored in the first half, and two new faces added goals in the second half. That pleased Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson the most.

"We got contributions from a lot of people," said Robinson. "It was just a good all-around team effort."

Trocher led the way with four goals and three assists. Junior Lauren Kickham had three goals, junior Purcell had two goals and three assists, senior Bridget Frande had two goals and two assists, and freshman Melissa McCarthy had two goals.

"I think we played together," said Kickham. "Everybody played extremely hard. It definitely was a team win, and we knew it would have to be that way to beat them."

Centennial coach Michele DeJuliis complimented the Vikings and also had good things to say about her team.

"Hebron's a fantastic team," said DeJuliis. "They can catch and throw very well, and they can find the net.

"As great as they are, I think we stepped up to the challenge," DeJuliis added. "I think we can play better, but for today I think we did all right. I'm proud of them."

Centennial (8-5, 7-1) was without senior leader Alexia Vogler, who stood "frustrated" with a possible stress fracture.

"[Mount Hebron's] really fast and they play together as a team," Vogler said. "I know they scored 18 goals, but I think we played good defense. I think we made them work for most of their goals."

Junior Bethany Bunce and sophomore Nicole Simon scored for Centennial.

Archbishop Spalding defeated Glenelg Country School, 13-5, in an Association of Independent Schools B division semifinal in Severn.

Pub Date: 5/07/99

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