Countless repetitions of taking the draw in practice paid off for Hereford senior Jessica Karwacki in the Bulls' surprisingly easy 12-5 triumph over Dulaney on Thursday.
With Karwacki leading the charge, Hereford grabbed 13 draws to Dulaney's six, leading to valuable possessions and, in a few cases, easy goals.
"There's a technique to it, but it's something you just have to do over and over," the Robert Morris University recruit said.
And the Bulls (4-2) used those extra possession wisely, winning seven of the first nine draws while building a 7-1 halftime advantage against a starting goalie — senior Juliann Elmer — who made eight saves in the period (11 overall).
As good as Elmer was, she could not withstand the pressure applied by the Bulls, who took 19 shots in the first half alone.
Senior midfielder Emily Randall started the offensive onslaught with a goal and was joined by junior midfielder Mackenzie Lange, junior attacker Lacey Aghazarian and senior midfielder Jessica Wojciechowski in the scoring column before senior midfielder Kenzie Brown's wicked liner just under the crossbar answered for the Lions.
A Wojciechowski goal and back-to-back scores by Karwacki put the Bulls in a commanding position to remain unbeaten (4-0-1) against the Lions since 2008.
While Dulaney's defense tightened somewhat in the second half, the damage was done.
"We only have a few starters back from last year," Dulaney coach Kristi Korrow said. "We have some seniors, but we're pretty inexperienced as far as players having much field time goes. They're eager to learn, but it's hard to get them up to speed with the other girls (with more experience)."
The Lions scored two of the first three goals after the intermission, although they never got closer than five goals.
"We made a lot less mistakes, less turnovers (than in losses to North Harford and Catonsville)," said Hereford coach Anne Ensor, who attributed her team's play to a better substitution rotation.
"We pointed out to the kids what they did wrong, and we fixed it," said Hereford assistant Scotty Hanley. "They're a pretty smart group."
Goals: H – Aghazarian 1, Wojciechowski 2, Cole 1, Randall 2, J. Karwacki 3, Clancy 1, Lange 2; D – Brown 2, Henning 1, Bundick 2. Assists: H - Aghazarian 1, Wojciechowski 1, C. Karwacki 2, Randall 1, J. Karwacki 1, May 1; D – Brown 1.
Saves: H – Gianotti 7; D – Elmer 11.
Half: H 7-1