Bosica-led Hebron stifles Long Reach

Her goals, team defense shut out No. 4 Lightning for regional crown, 2-0

3A North field hockey regional

High Schools

November 02, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron forward Maria Bosica said that everyone had been underestimating her team and that it had not received the credit it deserved.

So she and her teammates were determined yesterday to show everyone that they could win a regional championship. That they were facing Howard County champion Long Reach, which had soundly beaten Mount Hebron earlier this season, only reinforced the Vikings' resolve.

And win they did, upsetting the No. 4 Lightning, 2-0, behind two goals from Bosica, her sixth and seventh of the season.

"If there was a game to prove ourselves, then this was it," Bosica said.

Mount Hebron's defense produced its 11th shutout in winning the Class 3A North regional championship at Long Reach -- a place the Vikings had never won before.

It was only the second time this season that Long Reach, a 3A state finalist the past two seasons, failed to score. The Lightning led the county with 66 goals.

The victory sends the Vikings (12-4) to the state semifinals against Northern-Calvert at 12:30 p.m. Monday at Goucher College. It will be their fourth trip to the final four in five seasons. They lost in the finals in 1997 and 1999.

"We wanted to redeem ourselves from our earlier loss to them," said Vikings forward Alicia Jewel, who played an instrumental role in the victory by repeatedly advancing the ball down the right side into the corner from where she sent dangerous crossing passes.

Long Reach (14-3) stopped Jewel in the first game between the teams, a 3-0 Lightning win. But she could not be contained yesterday.

"Alicia has been the heart of our attack all season," Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland said. "Our game plan was to release her so she would not get shut down. Our midfielders did not get caught tackling their midfielders, and that released our forwards and allowed them to keep the pressure on."

Bosica's first goal came with 3:36 left in the first half as she slipped a loose ball in front of the goal around Long Reach goalkeeper Jessica Robertson.

She scored her second goal with 16:38 left in the second half on an assist from Chrissy Nicolaus from the circle.

"I got low like we're supposed to and swiped at it," Bosica said. "We all worked together as a team and supported each other and our defense never let down."

Hebron goalkeeper Melanie Langmead made four saves.

"We played a passive game. They were faster to the ball," Long Reach coach Kelly Snyder said. "They played phenomenal and peaked at the right time. Jeannette is a great coach and I'm excited for her."

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