River Hill takes 1-0 victory

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 19, 2005|By GLENN GRAHAM | GLENN GRAHAM,SUN REPORTER

In a Howard County boys soccer game where space was tight and time was limited, River Hill's Tyler Meade found just enough of both in the 73rd minute yesterday against visiting Mount Hebron.

The senior midfielder made no mistake with the chance.

Patiently parked in close at the far left post, Meade one-timed a ball sent across by sophomore forward Matt Fountain, finding the opposite corner to give the No. 4 Hawks a 1-0 win over the No. 10 Vikings.

River Hill improved to 6-1-1 on the season, while the Vikings fell to 8-3-1.

"I had a lot of space and was one-on-one with the goalkeeper [Ryan Kreh] and volleyed it into [the other side]," said Meade, who has eight goals on the season.

It was the same old story for the Vikings, who have now lost seven straight against River hill. Last season, they lost twice by 2-1 scores to the Hawks, once in the regular season and again in the playoffs.

"We made one mistake and they capitalized," Mount Hebron coach Mike Linsenmeyer said. "I thought it was an even game played hard and smart on both sides. We didn't finish on our chances and they finished one of theirs."

The Vikings' best chance came shortly after Meade's goal when junior forward Justin Martinelli sent a shot off the post. River Hill senior goalie Matt Moss handled the rebound sent in from senior defender Zach Barnett and the Hawks had another win.

"Tyler hit a great ball at the end off an awkward angle and that's what it takes in a postseason-like game," River Hill coach Bill Stara said. "It's always a question of can you execute in the tough games. Tyler has been with us four years and he was able to execute."

Along with Meade, the Hawks got a strong performance from senior defender Matt Stara, whose long throws and free kicks presented problems for the Vikings.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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