Mount Hebron hands Hammond first county loss, 2-1

No. 4 Vikings pull it out on Hoolachan's late goal

Fall sports

High Schools

October 06, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Hammond began yesterday as the surprise leader in the Howard County boys soccer standings with a 3-0 league record that included a victory over No. 5 River Hill.

The Bears were the only county team without either a loss or a tie.

But No. 4 Mount Hebron defeated Hammond, 2-1, on Jordan Hoolachan's goal with 9:06 left in the game. Hoolachan tapped in a rebound after a deflection off diving Hammond goalkeeper David Griffith's hand.

Vikings goalkeeper Ryan Kreh saved the game in the closing seconds by leaping to catch a header by sweeper Steve Basso.

"We came out flat in the first half," said Hammond coach Rick Bantz. "I knew we were in trouble when no one would look me in the eye and players were talking about how tough Mount Hebron was going to be."

Nick Shadoff, a transfer from McDonogh, gave the Vikings the lead midway through the first half when he sprinted from his center midfield position and ran onto a ball that Robbie Carper had played over the top of Hammond's defense.

Shadoff kicked a right-footed shot from the 12-yard line into the left side of the goal. It was his second goal of the season to go with six assists.

"We knew this was going to be a big game because both teams were undefeated in the county," said Shadoff. "We had a tie with Centennial. Hammond had some talented players, especially Basso and No. 17 [Mostafa Ebrahimnejad]."

Ebrahimnejad injured his leg in the second half and received a red card late in that period for motioning toward the Mount Hebron fans, who had been riding him throughout the game. He scored Hammond's only goal with 22:13 left to play on a header off a corner kick.

"After playing horrible in the first half, I thought we dominated the second half," said Bantz.

Mount Hebron improved to 7-0-1 overall and 3-0-1 in Howard County. Hammond dropped to 3-4-1 and 3-1.

No. 5 River Hill 4, Wilde Lake 0: The Hawks had little trouble with the host Wildecats in a Howard County game.

River Hill (5-1) featured a balanced attack, with two of its goals coming from junior defender Matt Stara, who also had an assist, and senior defender Eric Finney.

The victory kept River Hill in second place in the county.

Girls soccer

No. 9 Century 1, South River 0: Senior forward Britney Eger scored on a through pass from Amanda Bradley 15 minutes into the first half to give the visiting Knights the victory.

Defender Alicia Burkhart and goalie Chloe Nichols (10 saves) anchored Century's defense.

Field hockey

No. 2 South Carroll 1, F.S. Key 0: Junior forward Rachel Graham scored with 5:22 left in the first half to give the Cavaliers (7-0-1) the win.

Though they only managed the one goal, the Cavaliers dominated the visiting Eagles, allowing them only one shot on goal.

No. 6 Glenelg 1, Long Reach 1: Opposing forwards Ashley Rabe of Long Reach and Terri Coover scored the game's only goals.

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