Mount Hebron's field hockey team hadn't beaten Centennial in five years and six games.
It was a different story yesterday.
"I was ready to cry," said Mount Hebron coach Jeannette Ireland after her team's 1-0 victory at Patapsco Middle School. "I'm so happy for the kids. They put so much work into the off-season and I'm so glad it's paid off for them."
Meghan McNulty's second goal of the season with 5:20 remaining was the difference in an intensely played game that featured strong goaltending by Mount Hebron's Jess Cruttenden and Centennial's Becca Armiger.
McNulty, a junior left wing who has been alternating as a starter because of an injury to Heather Smoll, took Dawn Dorsey's perfect pass from the right side and sent the ball past Armiger.
The win put Mount Hebron (8-1-1 overall, 4-1 league) in contention for the county title along with two-time defending champion Centennial (6-4-1, 5-1) and Howard (6-3, 4-1). Atholton (7-2-1, 4-1-1) also has an outside chance.
The Eagles, who hadn't lost to a county team the last two seasons, dominated much of the game.
"I'm just frustrated," said Centennial senior midfielder Liz Sturm. "I feel we dominated the game and we couldn't finish. That's the story of our season, outplaying teams and not finishing."
Asked how her team was able to win, Ireland talked about her team bending but not breaking, then added: "We had the will. That little extra punch."
Centennial coach Gail Purcell agreed. "The hunger was there for them," she said. "They really wanted it. We wanted to win, too, but we didn't have the same type of desire."
"When it ended, I had tears in my eyes and I was screaming," said Vikings sweeper Staci Hoffman, who played an outstanding game. "I was so happy and excited."
"We had beaten them for a while," said Centennial sweeper Christine Davis. "It had to happen some time. I'm just sorry it had to happen to us."