Hereford coach Brian King said he's been waiting 417 days for a rematch with Glenelg. The Bulls will face Glenelg Wednesday at 8 p.m. at UMBC in the Class 3A-2A state championship game after defeating Winters Mill, 12-7, Saturday at Annapolis High.
Hereford will be gunning for its fifth straight championship and 11th overall.
"We are really excited to be playing Glenelg," said King, noting a 6-5 loss last year in an Easter tournament to the Gladiators, the 2011 Class 2A-1A state champions. "They rushed the field on us like they won the Super Bowl. So we have been waiting."
Hereford had a tougher time with Winters Mills (15-3) than in early April, when the Bulls won 12-3.
Senior midfielder Morgan Pritchett (Stevenson University recruit) led the Bulls with three goals in the rematch. Teammates and Towson University-bound Jack Adams and Joe Seider had two each. Ted Demiris also contributed two.
After Winters Mill went up 1-0 on Spenser Love's first of three goals, the Bulls scored four straight to close the first quarter.
Demiris, a senior midfielder, notched the last two during that stretch. He won a faceoff both times, then rushed to the goal to beat keep Sam Peters.
Demiris, who will play for Navy next year, was outstanding on faceoffs, winning 15 out of 19.
"We have seen it before," King of performances like that from Demiris. "He is pretty good and ran off 22 in a row at point in the season."
Winter Mills' offense was more productive in the second quarter and the Falcons trailed 6-4 at halftime.
But Hereford started to pull away in the third quarter. The Bulls opened the period with three consecutive goals to make it 9-4.
"We got exactly what we wanted in the first half," Winters Mills coach Sal Picataggi said. "We didn't care that we were down. It was close. We had some penalties in the second half. They hurt us. You can't do that against a team like that."
Hereford sophomore goalie Brock Turnbaugh shined in the second half, stopping six shots. Conor Cunningham played in goal in the first half and finished with three saves. Jason Ashwood (1 goal), Adam Ceribelli (1) and Freddy Bryant (1) accounted for the remainder of the Bulls' scoring.
Now, the Bulls can't wait to play Glenelg.
"To win our fifth straight would be really nice," Pritchett said. "We have that saying, 'strive for five' on our T-shirts. We really need to come out and play well. I think we played alright (against Winters Mills). We are close to playing a complete 48 minutes. No one would be able to stop us."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun