Warner's OT goal saves day for Vikings

Mt. Hebron's Goldman scores five in 9-8 win over Oakland Mills

May 16, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Bryan Warner's goal with 22 seconds left in the first overtime completed a late, three-goal rally that gave Mount Hebron a 9-8 victory over host Oakland Mills in a Class 1A-2A South region quarterfinal yesterday.

The county-champion Vikings (11-5), who beat Oakland Mills (9-6) Tuesday by seven goals, found themselves trailing 8-6 with two minutes left in regulation yesterday.

But after an Oakland Mills turnover, the Vikings' Jeff Wunk scored with 1: 58 left. And 30 seconds later, after a slashing penalty against Oakland Mills, Neal Goldman pulled Mount Hebron even, 8-8.

Goldman's goal was his fifth of the game, along with two assists, the second of which set up Warner's game-winner in overtime.

"This was my first good game of the year," said Goldman. "I was really down on myself about the way I've been playing and pumped out all I had today."

Goldman was Mount Hebron's only effective shooter against Oakland Mills' tight zone defense.

"I just stepped into the gaps and shot where I saw net," Goldman said. "The zone is hard to play against. And Oakland Mills is the most athletic team I've ever seen."

Most of Goldman's goals came on skip shots from about 12 yards through traffic, the type of shot zone defenses are designed to give up in exchange for preventing closer, higher-percentage shots.

"Neal is a great finisher," Vikings coach Jeff Doolan said. "Except for him, we didn't shoot smart. Oakland Mills deserved to win the game. They played great all over the field and did everything they could to win. In the end, we did what we needed to do and made up for all our mistakes. This is not the way we'd like to win."

Doolan felt his team suffered an emotional letdown after Thursday's win over county runner-up Centennial.

Oakland Mills scored the first three goals against the normally slow-starting Vikings and led 3-0 after one quarter.

But Mount Hebron bounced back and went ahead, 4-3, on three goals by Goldman and one by Matt Midura.

Oakland Mills' star player, Joey Ellis, who had three goals and an assist, scored with 12 seconds left in the half to tie it 4-4.

"We tried to create situations where they couldn't double-team Ellis," Oakland Mills coach Ken Hovet said.

The Scorpions' Ellis, Glenn Hayman and Jim Herberson scored three straight times in the third quarter, putting Oakland Mills ahead, 7-5.

After another goal by Goldman, Herberson scored his second goal of the half for an 8-6 Oakland Mills lead with 8: 24 to play.

Oakland Mills goalkeeper Jeff Pie (10 saves) made two outstanding saves in overtime just before Warner's game-winning score.

"We got lucky," Warner said. "It's a dream to win in overtime. This kicks you in the head and wakes you up."

South River 10, Southern-AA 6: The host Seahawks (9-5) scored three unanswered goals in the fourth quarter to take control of a close game and advance in Class 1A-2A East.

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