No. 6 Hebron keeps cage clean

Vikings blank Maryvale, Fallston for tourney title

High Schools

September 11, 2005|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

Mount Hebron used a simple formula to win yesterday's Grizzly Field Hockey Tournament at Garrison Forest - the No. 6 Vikings did not yield a single goal.

Led by the stellar defense of Alex Mengel, Pia Capra and Jenn Bruns, the Vikings (3-0) edged No. 12 Fallston, 1-0, in the final after slipping by Maryvale, 1-0, in overtime of the tournament opener.

"It's a totally mental game and I think we were just hungry. We were hungry for the ball," said Mengel, a senior center back who cleared away just about every ball Fallston sent toward the goal in the second half.

FOR THE RECORD - A photo caption Sunday misidentified a player for Mount Hebron in Saturday's Fallston-Mount Hebron field hockey game. The player was Jessica Stafford.
The Sun regrets the error.

"It's a good confidence booster," Ireland said of the two shutouts. "We've really concentrated on defense for the first two or three weeks, in learning to cut off passing lanes and dropping so that they understand. Most of the time you get scored on when things are shifting in the circle and they don't know where to go."

The defense was well organized, but it wasn't tested much in the second half.

With 18:52 left, Lauren Sterner scored the game-winner from the left post, deflecting in a long pass from Courtney Reardon.

Fallston nearly tied it with 7:30 to go when Vikings goalie Lindsay Sfekas stepped up to play the ball and a shot got by her but rolled wide.

The Vikings outshot Fallston 9-2 in the second half, but the Cougars (2-1) had their chances early. They put three shots in the cage in the first half, but all were called back for offensive fouls.

"That was rough," said Fallston forward Kathleen Tress. "We were on offense. Our corners were working awesome. There were two [goals on corners] that were taken back, which is really frustrating."

The Cougars won't have to wait long for a chance at revenge. They play host to the Vikings Tuesday afternoon.

"We're excited. We have all this energy from this game to carry over to then. We're ready for them to come up to our field," said Tress, who scored in overtime to beat No. 13 Garrison Forest, 1-0, in the first round.

In the consolation game, Garrison Forest defeated Maryvale, 3-1. Melissa Pazornik scored twice for the Grizzlies (2-1) and Poppy Hall had a goal and an assist. Brooke Lipinski scored for Maryvale (3-2).

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