Hereford upsets top-ranked C. Milton Wright in field hockey
C. Milton Wright's Sabrina Rhodes (left) sccrambles for the ball against Hereford. (Algerina Perna, Baltimore Sun / September 30, 2013)
Less than a month ago, C. Milton Wright produced a convincing 3-0 win over Garrison Forest, then the area's top-ranked team riding a 37-game winning streak.
The No. 1 Mustangs (8-1)learned how difficult it can be to stay at the top when they were upset by Hereford, 1-0, in overtime in a non-league game Monday night in Parkton.
The Bulls (4-3-1), on the other hand, were coming off back-to-back 1-0 losses to Towson and Dulaney, all but scuttling their chances to make a return appearance in the county title game later this month.
They rebounded in a big way, however, when forward Maggie Gutberlet gained possession just outside the circle, put a couple of touches on the ball and smacked a hard shot that skidded past goalie Sydney Rhodes and into the cage with 2:57 left in the first overtime period.
It was her first goal of the season.
"I knew their goalie was coming out (to cut down the angle), the junior said. "I just shot it and it went in."
Gutberlet wasn't the only Hereford hero.
Senior goalie Jessie Lynch's third and final save of the game, with about 7:30 left in regulation, was also a key component in the victory.
With the Mustangs pressuring the Bulls' backline, a crisp shot seemingly headed for the back of the cage was denied by Lynch's kick-save.
The Hereford goalie also caught a break when Sabrina Rhodes' wicked 20-yard backhander clanked off the far post.
Meanwhile, sophomore forward Rachel Karwacki thwarted a promising C. Milton Wright opportunity near the end of regulation.
"This is the kind of win that will help us to move on and have more confidence," Lynch said.
Problems that hindered the Bulls in their recent losses, though, also surfaced against their Harford County rival.
"We have some things we have to clean up," Lynch said. "Our (penalty) corners are still sloppy."
Neither team had any success in this situations, squandering five each in regulation and one in overtime.
Despite missed opportunities on both sides, the Mustangs are still poised for success and Hereford hopes to be on an upswing.
"After those tough losses, this should help us as far as points for regionals go," Hereford coach Tammy Mundie said.