Sixth-ranked Mount Hebron got a first-half goal from Maria Bosica and held on for a 1-0 victory over Northern-C yesterday in a Class 3A state field hockey semifinal at Goucher College.
The Vikings (14-4), who have been to the final twice, are seeking their first title and Howard County's second when they meet No. 7 Fallston at 10 a.m. on Saturday at the Goucher College stadium.
Bosica scored her eighth goal of the season on a pass from Alicia Jewel with 8:35 left in the first half and the Vikings defense of Emily Goldman, Emily Smith, Kelly Knuuti and goalie Melanie Langmead (seven saves) made it hold up. Langmead saved every Patriots shot of the game and came up big in the second half as the Patriots (13-2-1) outshot the Vikings 5-1.
"Today, it just was desire," said Vikings coach Jeannette Ireland. " It wasn't going well. They knew it wasn't going well. You've just got to find a way and that's what we did."
No. 7 Fallston 1, Walter Johnson 0, OT: After Fallston goalie Heather Winkler and defender Stephanie Simon held off a furious Walter Johnson rally, Riki Reuben capped off the ensuing breakaway with a goal eight minutes into sudden-death overtime, giving the Cougars the Class 3A semifinal victory. The Cougars (14-2-2) are after their ninth state title.
Hereford 1, Centennial 1: The fifth-ranked Bulls (12-3-2) earned their second straight berth in the state championship game by outlasting the Eagles (12-5-2) in a penalty-stroke shootout, 2-0, in a Class 2A state semifinal. Becky Sebastian and Sam Sebastian scored in the shootout for Hereford.
Bethesda-Chevy Chase 2, Easton 1, OT: The six-time defending champion Barons (13-2-1) escaped the Class 2A semifinal when Alexis Fleming scored with 1:56 remaining in regulation to tie the game, then added the game-winner with 2:27 left in over time.