Simple moves pay off

Soccer: Mount Hebron senior Mike Glancey has led the Vikings to a 4-0 record by scoring nine of his team's 11 goals.

High Schools

September 20, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

When you're hot, you're hot. And Mount Hebron's Mike Glancey can't get much hotter.

The 5-10, 150-pound senior striker, second-team All-Metro last season when he scored 16 goals and helped his team to a No. 1 ranking and a second straight state title, has led his team to a surprising 4-0 record while scoring nine of the team's 11 goals.

It's surprising, because the Vikings suffered heavy losses to graduation and because their former coach, Jeff Doolan, resigned a few days before the first practice.

Glancey and the Vikings refuse to be knocked down or counted out of this season, however.

During a 3-2 victory at Archbishop Curley Saturday, Glancey scored a hat trick despite enduring some physical play from the traditional Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Division power.

A 6-foot-2, 225-pound goalkeeper elbowed Glancey in the jaw during a free-kick attempt just outside the box. Glancey, who already had scored two goals, missed that shot.

After sitting out five minutes to recover from the jolting blow, however, he scored the in-your-face eventual game-winner. It put the Vikings up 3-1 at the time.

"He really got nailed," said coach Mike Linsenmeyer, the former Vikings junior varsity coach. "That was the first time all season we really got pushed around. Curley was feisty."

But the Friars proved no match for Glancey and his teammates.

"I'm just glad I coach with him and not against him," Linsenmeyer said. "I don't know how you can mark him because he's all over the field. He's fearless and tenacious, never gets tired and is really fast on the ball. He's most dangerous in the air, and comes back to play defense on opposing corners and long throws. You want him to touch the ball as much as possible because he's tearing it up right now."

Glancey describes himself as having "better-than-average ball skills, but not awesome moves."

He said: "They're simple, but they work."

He's able to beat people with his speed and quick first step, and says his shot placement is much-improved the past couple of years.

Glancey thinks the velocity of his shot is average, but he takes the Vikings' free kicks and scored off one of them against Arundel.

He used to be strictly right-footed until a dislocated right hip that he suffered four years ago forced him to start shooting left-footed.

"I could run on it [hip], but I couldn't shoot right-footed with it. So, now I can shoot with either foot."

He's happy that he's been healthy this season after suffering from Achilles' tendinitis in the past. And he's in the best shape of his life because Linsenmeyer, fearing a subpar season, wanted to insure his team could at least go the distance and stressed conditioning .

Glancey has played on the same club team, Columbia United Premier, since third grade. The team was a state finalist in its U-12 and U-13 seasons, and last season finished second in the first division of the National Capitol Soccer League, the premier league for boys.

Mount Hebron opens its county season tomorrow against Howard, a team he scored a hat trick against last season. The Vikings have a 22-game (21-0-1) unbeaten streak to protect, and Howard obviously knows whom it has to stop.

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