Freshman's goal gives Vikes 1-0 victory over Scorpions

`Lucky' shot by Hoolachan boosts No. 8 Mount Hebron

Boys soccer

High School

October 10, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills and Mount Hebron both needed to prove they could beat a good team yesterday.

The Scorpions, who were bigger, taller, older, stronger and faster, appeared to have an edge, especially with Vikings leading scorer Mike Glancey (12 goals) sitting on the bench in street clothes because of a deep thigh bruise.

Instead, the No. 8 Vikings broke a two-game losing streak by outworking the No. 7 Scorpions and winning more 50-50 balls. The host Vikings also came up a bit lucky in the 1-0 boys soccer victory.

Vikings coach Mike Linsenmeyer was fortunate he subbed in freshman left halfback Jordan Hoolachan at the right time.

After entering for Mount Hebron (8-2 overall, 4-1 Howard County), Hoolachan almost immediately scored the game-winning goal in the 25th minute on a play started by a long throw-in.

A couple of Oakland Mills players headed the throw-in toward the far post where Hoolachan was in position for a shot. His first shot bounced off a Oakland Mills defender and Hoolachan, who is left-footed, kicked the rebound with his right foot. He placed it perfectly to the far post from the left side.

"I don't have a very good right foot," Hoolachan said about his first career goal. "But when I trapped the ball it went to that side, and because I had a defender right on me I had to hit it with my right."

Linsenmeyer said: "He banged it low and hard and got lucky. This is a spectacular win for us over a good team."

Oakland Mills (3-3-1, 2-2-1) squandered many chances. The Scorpions took 14 shots, but most of them were off the mark.

Coach Don Shea said his outside halfbacks did not play well, especially on the left wing, where the Scorpions did most of their attack.

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