A year ago Mt. Hebron beat Glenelg by a single goal — twice. Friday, the Vikings doubled their margin of victory in an exciting game, which was moved to Cedar Lane Park because of impending rain.
Chachi Kelehan’s open net goal with 38 seconds left clinched Mt. Hebron’s 8-6 win and kept the Vikings undefeated (7-0) in county play.
Marriotts Ridge, an 18-11 winner over River Hill, is also undefeated in county competition.
Kelehan got the shot when Glenelg goalkeeper Megan Taylor came out of the goal circle to double-team on defense as the Vikings were trying to spread to score.
“They came out in a spread with about 2 minutes left,” Taylor said. “We knew they are really good with keeping the ball and we knew only way we could get the ball was if they dropped it, made a bad pass or scored.”
Glenelg got possession of the next draw but turned the ball over in front of Mt. Hebron goalie Maddy Fisher.
“I picked the ball up and cleared it to Tianna (Wallpher) and she held it for the final seconds,” Fisher said.
The two teams are traditional rivals
“About 10 years ago, they were like the No. 1 team in the nation and I think since that time everyone has always been out to beat Hebron,” said Glenelg’s Stephanie Asher. She did her best, scoring a game-high three goals.
“Glenelg’s always a tough game,” said Mt. Hebron coach Trish Derwart. “Their goalie is tremendous and she certainly made things difficult for us.”
Taylor had 15 saves in the game, many from point-blank range. The sophomore keeper made six consecutive saves in the second half
With 10 saves, Fisher also had a spectacular game.
The Vikings’ offense tried to work an inside feed.
“That’s an area we’ve really worked to improve on,” Derwart said. “More of an inside game was something that we thought could throw Glenelg off.”
Without the alert play of Taylor and her defense, it might have.
Jen Giles put Mt. Hebron on the scoreboard first. Just after the opening draw, she picked up a ground ball and raced to goal.
“I took the ball left and shot to the far post,” said Giles, whose score came six seconds into the game.
“She made a really good shot. That kind of startled us for a second,” Taylor said.
Soon afterward, Giles added Mt. Hebron’s second goal.
Glenelg’s offense then got to work, but it had to play catch-up most of the game as Mt. Hebron always seemed to be a goal or two in front.