It didn't take long for No. 6 Towson to establish its dominance over host Hereford last night -- eight seconds, to be exact.
The Generals won the opening faceoff and passed downfield to Ben Donovan, who fired a shot past Anthony Radecki for the first goal of the game.
The Generals repeated the process often en route to a 16-5 Baltimore County 2A-1A win.
But their defense, and the lack of continuity on Hereford's offense, made more of a difference.
"You've got to give the defense credit," said Towson coach Randy Dase, whose team has won 23 straight. "We kept a lot of pressure on them. We took them out of their one-on-one offense."
Towson (8-0 overall, 6-0 in the league) controlled play throughout,outshooting Hereford 41-21 and keeping the ball on offense most of the way.
The Bulls (7-3, 5-1) labored on offense, losing possession numerous times on ill-advised passes and failing to move off the ball.
"I'm pretty disappointed," said Hereford coach Dennis Sirman. "They're better than us, but we didn't do what we were supposed to do on offense. We had the ball a lot, but we couldn't keep possession."
The Bulls didn't get off their second shot on goal until 1:34 remained in the first quarter, and their normally high-powered offense scored just two goals in the first half.
The saving grace for Hereford was goalie Anthony Radecki, who made 18 saves -- including many at point-blank range -- and kept Towson from putting the game away in the first half.
Spencer Ford led the Generals with four goals and four assists, Ben Donovan had four goals and an assist, and Barry Heddings and Michael Ford each added three goals.
Dase, however, wasn't too impressed with his team's offense, saying that scoring just three goals in a quarter is unheard of for the Generals.
"The score isn't indicative," said Dase. "It was a tough game. Their goalkeeper boarded up the goal. We should have scored seven or eight early."
The Generals have one more regular-season game remaining -- against Loch Raven -- before the state playoffs. The defending Class 2A-1A state champions need five more wins to repeat.
"I won't say we can't be beaten," said Heddings, "but I think if we play to our potential, it'll be tough."