Vikings, Hawks get tied up

Mount Hebron 0 River Hill 0

Boys Soccer

September 30, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

There was plenty of offensive talent on the soccer field last night at River Hill, where the No. 7 Hawks were taking on Howard County rival and No. 4 Mount Hebron.

Still, shots went wide or high. Hawks goalie Robby Copeland and his Vikings counterpart, Brad Carper, made saves. Defenders stayed organized and got in the way of other chances. And after 100 minutes of quality soccer, nothing was decided as the two teams played to a scoreless tie.

River Hill moved its record to 5-1-2 overall, while Mount Hebron went to 5-0-2. Both teams will look back on scoring opportunities that were not completed.

The Vikings had a chance early in overtime on a free kick that was cleared by a Hawks defender. River Hill had the last chance in the closing seconds of the second overtime, but David Buescher's long throw inside the penalty box was stopped by Carper. Simply put, it wasn't a night for goals.

The Hawks could have put the game away in the final 10 minutes of regulation. Sophomore Jake Pace cut in from the left corner and launched a shot from 5 yards that was adeptly blocked by Mount Hebron defender Billy McNamara. A few minutes later, Mulu Seyoum just missed the goal from 18 yards.

The Vikings controlled the game's first 20 minutes with creative play from senior forwards Mike Napolitano and Justin Martinelli, but they couldn't get anything past Copeland.

"I can't be upset with the boys because they played so well," first-year River Hill coach Matt Shagogue said. "We're a team with nine new starters and I thought we showed we could play with them - that sets the tone for games down the line."

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

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