Mt. Hebron takes 2A South title

Vikings top Centennial, 2-0, for 1st regional crown

Boys soccer

High schools

November 10, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

For the past three seasons, the boys regional championship soccer game has meant heartbreak for Mount Hebron.

Last night, however, it was the fifth-ranked Vikings' turn to play heartbreakers. Mount Hebron scored a 2-0 win over a Centennial squad whose stingy defense carried it to a Cinderella 9-4-3 season that included a victory over top-ranked River Hill.

And strange as it sounds for a team with a 48-13-2 record over the past four seasons, this Class 2A South title was Mount Hebron's first regional championship.

The Vikings' win at Howard High marked only the second time this season that Centennial allowed more than one goal. Mount Hebron (14-3) defeated Centennial, 2-1, during the regular season -- the first time the Vikings had ever beaten the seven-time state champion Eagles.

"Centennial played hard, but I told our kids that if we played our game, that we were three goals better than them," first-year Vikings coach Jeff Doolan said. "We played well tonight."

Mount Hebron dominated the shots, 13-4, and time of possession while displaying a more skilled attack.

Ironically, it was a defensive player, sweeper Christian Chacon, who scored the first goal in the 56th minute on a powerful left-footed direct kick into the upper right corner at the far post. The 18-yard shot followed a foul by Centennial at the corner of the penalty box.

"When he gets a free kick at the 18, he's always money," said senior David Lechtrecker, Mount Hebron's high-scoring striker.

It was Chacon's eighth goal this season and was as impressive as his play at sweeper. He cleared numerous long balls against Centennial's counter-attacking offense.

"It's been no fun losing these [regional championship] games," said Chacon.

Oakland Mills 1, Poolesville 0: Brian Grund scored on a volley from 10 yards out in the 26th minute, giving the defending state champion Scorpions (15-1-1) their second straight Class 1A South regional title. Oakland Mills plays Bohemia Manor in the state semifinals at a date to be determined.

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