Mount Hebron scored its fewest goals of the season against a county opponent in yesterday's Class 1A-2A South region semifinal game against visiting Glenelg. But it was more than enough to advance the Vikings to their 11th straight regional final.
"We had many quality shots that we didn't take advantage of," said Mount Hebron coach Chris Robinson after his team's 14-3 victory over the Gladiators. "The placement of the shots was poor."
Still, nine players found the net for the sixth-ranked Vikings (13-3).
Sophomore Polly Purcell had three goals, and sophomore Lauren Kickham, senior Katie Nordoff and senior defender Ju Kim all had two each.
Mount Hebron, which averaged 23 goals per game against county competition this season, will play at Centennial, a 22-6 winner over Oakland Mills, tomorrow in the region final.
The Vikings, winners of five state titles, defeated Centennial, 21-8, at the end of last month.
Mount Hebron's defense, which allowed an average of three goals per game against county teams this season, was tough again. Leading the way were Jill Carr, Trish Dewart, Becky Ferrell and Kim.
"Our defense played extremely well," said Robinson, whose team pressured Glenelg into many turnovers.
Glenelg's defense, which was packed in the entire game, got a strong second-half from goalie Beth Bettien and held the Vikings to five goals. "She did a much better job," Glenelg coach Ginger Kincaid of Bettien's second-half showing.
But with its offensive players helping out on defense, Glenelg (9-7) had trouble mounting an offensive attack. The Vikings also had problems clearing the ball because of Mount Hebron's pressure.
"They [Mount Hebron] played great," said Glenelg senior Rachel Ford. "They just hustled everywhere and played with so much intensity. It seemed like any time we got the ball, bam, it was gone again."
Senior Erin Kortecamp scored all of Glenelg's goals. Her first goal made it 4-1 with 18 minutes left. Mount Hebron led 9-1 at halftime.
Centennial 22, Oakland Mills 6: Kristen Dinisio scored six goals and Alexia Vogler added four to pace the visiting Eagles (11-3) over the Scorpions (4-11).
Centennial led, 2-1, before scoring 10 straight and breaking the game wide open. The Eagles had a 17-4 advantage at halftime. Kimerly Emrich, Bethany Bunce and Liz Kurpe each scored twice for Centennial.
Oakland Mills had won three straight coming into the game. Andrea Donovan and Dawn Christensen had two goals each for the Scorpions.
C. Milton Wright 15, Wilde Lake 4: With her game-high five goals, senior Jamie Gerhart tied the school record for most goals in a season with 70 and helped the Mustangs (13-1) to a 3A-4A North quarterfinal win over the visiting Wildecats (5-8).
Junior Rachel Sappington added in two goals and three assists and sophomore Page Heath scored two goals and assisted on two others for Wright.
No. 14 Liberty 10, North Carroll 7: Trish Young scored two of her three goals as the Lions opened a three-goal lead in the first half, then went on to win the 3A-4A West regional semifinal.
Towson 18, Bethesda-Chevy Chase 0: Eva Claire Sinkowski and Katy Stelmack each had three goals as the host Generals (14-1) trounced the Barons in a 1A-2A West quarterfinal game that was stopped with 16 minutes left.
Kenwood 22, City 9: Sophomore Jessica Todd led all scorers with nine goals and four assists as the Bluebirds (5-8) knocked off the visiting Knights (10-3) in a 3A-4A South quarterfinal.
North Harford 9, Hereford 6: Kristyn Krastel had four goals and an assist as the Hawks (8-5-1) advanced to the 1A-2A North finals. Krastel's three first-half goals helped North Harford to a 6-3 lead at halftime.
Sparrows Point 18, Joppatowne 17, OT: Cheryl Neuman's goal with 1: 30 left in the extra period propelled the host Pointers (11-2) into the 1A-2A North finals. Stacy Berger's fourth goal with 3: 10 left in regulation forced overtime.
Annapolis 17, Old Mill 2: Junior Christy McNew tallied five goals and senior Brooke Wagner scored one goal with nine assists as the Panthers (17-1) defeated the visiting Patriots (6-9) in a 3A-4A East semifinal.
Freshman Kristy Dirks and her sister, senior Kelly had three goals apiece for Annapolis.
The Panthers play at Severna Park in the finals today.
Pub Date: 5/12/98