Story's first goal sends Hebron to Goucher again

Senior's first-half tally eliminates Hammond, 1-0

Field hockey roundup

November 06, 1999|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron senior Katie Jeschke couldn't believe the look on Kate Story's face. "She had no color. It looked as if she was lifeless," said Jeschke about her senior teammate.

"I was shocked," Story said. Which happens when you pick the Class 2A South region championship to score your first varsity goal.

Story's first-half goal stood up for a 1-0 Vikings victory at Hammond, leading Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland to sum things up: "Good timing."

The 15th-ranked Vikings (10-5-2) will play Hereford in a state semifinal at Goucher College at 12: 30 p.m. Monday -- their third straight trip to Towson. Mount Hebron lost two years ago in the final and last year in the semifinals.

"I'm thrilled to go back, and I'm thrilled for the girls," said Ireland. "They've worked really hard for this to happen."

Hammond (9-5-2), trying to reach the state tournament for the first time, and Mount Hebron had played a scoreless tie in the first week of October.

Yesterday's game was headed that way into halftime before Story scored from the right-center, just inside the circle, with 2: 42 remaining.

"I pulled around [the defender] and hit it was hard as I could," said Story, a right midfielder. "You pretty much aim for the opposite post and hope it will go in or someone will tip it in."

Added Ireland: "We had a good [sight] line on it and said, `It's going, it's going, it's in.' "

"I saw it go in," said Story, whose shot somehow missed many sticks and feet on its way goalward. "I didn't expect it, especially in the region final, but I'm glad, because I didn't want to go through my career scoreless."

Hammond coach Gay Petrlik said that despite her Golden Bears making "some turnovers at critical times," she "was very proud of the way they played."

"Both teams played their hearts out," said Hammond senior Amy Hafets. "Unfortunately, there has to be a loser, and it was us."

Class 2A West

Bethesda-Chevy Chase 4, No. 13 Francis Scott Key 1: The defending state champs were too much for the Eagles, who closed their season at 10-4-1. Ashley Eusantos scored Key's goal.

Class 1A West

No. 14 Glenelg 2, Poolesville 0: The Gladiators paid back Poolesville, in part, anyway, for knocking them out of regionals the last two seasons. Kelly O'Connor scored on the Gladiators' first penalty corner with 17 minutes left, Elizabeth Narron iced that, and goalie Kristina Johnson led the team to its ninth shutout.

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