After winning a tight, 1-0, game against Centennial during the regular season, Mt. Hebron came out in the quarterfinal round of the 3A East region playoffs and played one of its best games of the year to win going away.
Tomas Hedges scored twice in the first 20 minutes Tuesday, setting the tone for what ended up being a 4-0 victory for the Vikings over Centennial.
"This is the playoffs and this when you want to be playing your best and hardest … I thought we did a good job of that," Mt. Hebron coach Mike Linsenmeyer said. "We've been preparing for this game since the last time we played them and we were definitely nervous about some things, but the kids made plays when it counted."
Mt. Hebron, which advances into a semifinal match-up against Poly, also got goals from Pat Palin and Lucas Oh in the second half. Johnny Linsenmeyer assisted on each of the team's final three scores, while Atticus Cooke assisted on the first.
The four goals were the most allowed by Centennial all season.
Hedges says that there was definitely a push to get off to a fast start and set the tone after how tight the first meeting was.
"We talked about having more energy this time and we tried to switch up things with striker runs," said Hedges. "We knew the beginning of the game was going to be important and it came down to playing as a team and as a unit."
With Hedges staking the Vikings to the quick lead, the defense did its job to keep Mt. Hebron ahead by two entering halftime. Then, just over two minutes after the break, the Vikings extended things out even further.
Linsenmeyer played a perfect ball onto the foot of a streaking Palin, who finished into the right side. Later, for a little icing on the cake, Oh finished a feed from Linsenmeyer to create the final four-goal margin.
"We should enjoy this one tonight and then it's on to preparing for the next game," Mike Linsenmeyer said. "This time of year, you have to keep getting better every game."
Reservoir 1, Wilde Lake 0
David Harris scored the lone goal for the Gators, lifting them to the shutout win over the Wildecats. Reservoir will play River Hill in the 3A East region semifinals.
River Hill 2, Glenelg 1
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The Hawks trailed by a goal late in the second half, but scored twice in a span of two minutes to knock off the Gladiators. Chris Lee scored the first goal, while Zach Riso had the second. River Hill will host Reservoir in the 3A East region semifinals.
Amir Najib had three goals and an assist to spearhead the attack for a Mustangs' team that notched one of its most lopsided victories of the season. Jeff Kammerer, Sam Mavronicolas, Simon Klementsen and Keyan Shasti accounted for the other Marriotts Ridge scores. Andre Chen added three assists. The Mustangs will play Oakland Mills, a 5-1 winner over Calvert, in the 2A South region semifinals.