Mt. Hebron coach Tim Deppen mused before Thursday’s regional quarterfinal game that “maybe tonight is the night we beat River Hill.”
His Vikings put together a strong first-half performance but in the end it was no match for unbeaten and top-seeded River Hill, which displayed its power in a 6-0 win in the 3A East playoffs.
In other postseason games, Oakland Mills pulled a stunner, knocking off the top seed in the 2A North regional playoffs. And Wilde Lake won its second playoff game in a row by penalty kicks, this time defeating Reservoir, 2-1. Marriotts Ridge, Long Reach and Atholton also posted wins and will advance to the regional semifinals.
Semifinal games will be played Friday and Saturday, time and location to be decided.
“I obviously hoped that tonight the outcome was going to be different,” said Deppen, whose team had lost to River Hill, 3-1, earlier in the season. “But (River Hill) looked dominant tonight. Their speed, their aggression, their power was too much for us. My hats off to them — they had an unbelievable game. They just had too much talent for us to contain all at the same time.”
Sheridan Street and Alex Hamer both had two goals in the Hawks’ 15th straight win this fall.
Street scored 10 minutes into the game. Hamer had wrestled control of the ball in the midfield, and passed off to Michaela Hennessy who dribbled down the sideline and into the corner. She crossed to the goal mouth and Street got the final touch on the ball.
“We were in the game in the beginning and they got a goal and it went downhill after that,” said Mt. Hebron’s Susie Halper.
Hennessy’s determined play on the left sideline set the tone for her evening.
“In different games, different players step up,” said River Hill coach Brian Song. “That’s one blessing I have. Sometimes it’s Katie (Arensmeier), or Sheridan, or someone else. Today it was Michaela. They couldn’t stop her.”
Hamer scored twice in the last 10 minutes of the first half for a 3-0 River Hill lead.
Five minutes into the next stanza, Haily Emrick hit a 45-yard free kick to put the game well out of reach.
Street tapped in a dribbler off Hamer’s foot at the goal line for the fifth marker, and Madison Hough put in the final goal.
Colleen McKenna and Emrick led River Hill’s defense.
Mt. Hebron’s Kelsi Folch, Kelly Richards and Halper tried desperately to score to prevent a shutout late in the game but their shots did not find the net.
River Hill will now play Wilde Lake, which defeated Reservoir, 2-1, in a shootout.
The game is set for Saturday at Atholton but the time has not yet been determined.
“We want to go all the way” to a state championship, said Hennessy. “We have to go (into Saturday’s game) with the same mindset” as in the Mt. Hebron contest.
Mt. Hebron had beaten J.M. Bennett, 1-0, in the first round while top-seeded River Hill had a bye.
In the other half of the 3A bracket, Atholton stopped Hammond’s win streak at one with a 5-0 win behind a two-goal performance from Jenna Brewer.
The Raiders, now 9-5, had something to prove, said Brewer.
“A lot of people thought we didn’t deserve a bye,” and the third seed in the East region, she said. “They thought it was a fluke but this showed we deserve to be in this spot in the playoffs.”
Brewer chipped in a shot midway through the first half and added her second goal three minutes into the second half.
Maddio Boccio, who had set up Brewer’s first goal, and Katrina Macadoff scored unassisted in the second half and Jaylyn Chandler, on an assist from Olivia Healey, completed the Raiders’ scoring.
“I think we did really well in the first half,” said Hammond’s Molly Albano. “We had a lot of energy coming off our last game,” a 7-2 victory over Northeast (Anne Arundel County).
That was the first victory of the season for the Bears, but the win streak ended there.
“Our defense was doing a great job of marking but I think we got a little tired. But I’m proud of the way we played,” added.
Hammond goalie Julia Reed had six huge saves, including two diving grabs. She also got a lot of help from defender Zoe Pekins.
“She was everywhere, stopping everything the goalie couldn’t get to,” said Brewer.
Atholton will play the winner of the Stephen Decatur vs. Annapolis contest, also played Wednesday.
Decatur is the second seed in the East bracket.
Led by a strong playoff performance from Courtney Rapp, Oakland Mills ousted top-seeded Chesapeake, 5-0, on Halloween afternoon. The Scorpions have now scored 13 goals in their two playoff appearances.
Rapp had two goals and an assist in the win over the Baltimore County school. She initiated the play that resulted in the Scorpions’ first goal. Her cross bounced off the post but Fern Peters was there for the rebound one minute into the game, said coach Christina Bleivik.
Rapp scored the game’s second goal. Ten minutes later, she passed off to Gaby Vincent who took a shot outside the box for a 3-0 halftime advantage.
Vincent scored 11 minutes into the second half for her second goal of the afternoon. Rapp scored the last goal with 10 minutes left.
The Scorpions, now 6-8-1, will play the winner of the Owings Mills vs. Loch Raven quarterfinal. Oakland Mills won its first playoff game, 8-0, over Lansdowne.
Long Reach also posted a huge win in the 2A North, beating Randallstown, 9-0, at Rockburn Park. Kristen Fawole had three goals and Ann Bonner two for Long Reach.
Victoria Simpson (assisted by Angelina Rebaza), Rebaza, Monica Katzen (unassisted) and Carrie Robinson (unassisted) also scored for Long Reach, now 10-5. Katzen’s goal was the first in her high school career, said coach Erik Sandersen.
Rebaza, Heather Glasser, Kate Harkleroad (2), Rebecca Naughton and Rachel Kim had assists.
Long Reach will play Marriotts Ridge, a 2-1 winner over Glenelg in another quarterfinal.
Alexis Zadjura got what turned out to be Marriotts Ridge’s winning goal with 10 minutes left in the game.
Taylor Hensh had scored for Marriotts Ridge in the first half, on an assist from Morgan Crable.
Hensh had an assist on Zadjura’s goal.
Two minutes after Zadjura’s goal, Samantha Creese took a pass from Sydney Peirce and scored for Glenelg to cut Marriotts Ridge’s lead.
“Morgan Hochuli was running right with her, but couldn't get a piece of the ball,” said Marriotts Ridge coach Robin Grey. “Creese’s shot went right past our keeper.”
Emily McQuarrie, playing for injured Jenna Bergquist, had nine saves. She “had a great night. She came up big with a number of saves to help secure the win,” said Grey.
Lindsey Mazer had nine saves for Glenelg.
“The girls played their best game of the season tonight,” said Glenelg coach Maureen Hammond. “We were unable to capitalize on same great opportunities."
“My girls came out strong from the start,” Grey said. “This was important, especially given the number of days they had off due to the storm.
“It was nice to have Taylor Hensh back in the line-up,” she added. “She made an immediate impact. We also finished tonight which is something that we've been struggling with as of late.”
Marriotts Ridge is now 9-5-1 overall. Glenelg finishes at 3-13.