Mount Hebron's youthful squad finally bought into coach Warren Michael's preaching of less penalties and more patience, and it paid immediate dividends as the third-seeded Vikings eliminated second-seeded and host Glenelg (9-7, 5-2) yesterday, 10-7, in the Class 2A-1A, Region I semifinal.
Mount Hebron (8-5, 5-2), a state finalist last year, will play top-seeded Oakland Mills (an 8-7 winner over fourth-seeded Liberty in the other semifinal) in the Region I final.
"We played smart and didn't foul," said Michael, whose team defeated Glenelg, 9-3, earlier this season. "In the other games, which we lost all by one goal, we had four or five goal leads and began fouling, letting the other team back into the game.
"Today we didn't do that. We held the ball instead. It was a boring game, but we got the 'W'."
After finishing the first quarter tied at 2-2, Mount Hebron's offense ran past Glenelg in the second and third quarters. Vikings freshman Brent Wilhoite scored the first of his two goals to give Mount Hebron its first lead, 3-2, with 9:40 left in the first half.
Glenelg senior and leading scorer Brent Grabill (26 goals) scored his second goal 30 seconds later to tie the game for the last time.
Beginning with Clay Shiflet's man-up score for a 4-3 lead, Mount Hebron erupted for five unanswered goals, overlapping the second and third quarters, with five different Vikings scoring.
Mount Hebron junior attack Sam Horstman's goal with 8:39 left in the third quarter provided the Vikings with their biggest lead, 8-3.
The two teams traded goals early in the fourth quarter before Glenelg senior Matt DeMontaigne raced the length of the field to beat Viking goalie Sean Buchanan (11 saves) with a shot over the Mount Hebron junior's shoulder, cutting the lead to 9-5 with 5:39 left in the game.
Shiflet, Mount Hebron's senior midfielder, scored a minute later to push the Vikings' lead back to five. Two late Gladiators goals, including David Willis' score with an assist from Glenelg goalie Toby Heusser (13 saves), were non-factors.