The Hereford field hockey team has a long memory. That's why the host Bulls gave Towson a beating it won't soon forget.
Jessica Bulala and Brianna Ryan each scored goals as No. 7 Hereford paid back No. 8 Towson for a painful postseason loss last year with a dominating, 2-0 victory in a Baltimore County game yesterday.
Hereford (2-1, 1-0) and Towson played three times last year. The Generals won the regular-season meeting before Hereford took the county title game. Towson then came back to win the Class 2A North region final before eventually advancing to the Class 2A state title game.
But the region final loss stung Hereford badly. The teams have developed a strong rivalry in recent years and losing to Towson (1-1-1, 0-1) proved a bitter pill for the Bulls to swallow.
"We decided this [game] was going to be our redemption," Bulala said. "We've always just had a thing to beat Towson. Losing in the region finals last year just broke our hearts."
Maybe that's why the Bulls looked like a team possessed for much of this game, overwhelming the Generals all over the field.
Hereford held a 23-0 advantage in penalty corners and a 13-2 edge in shots on goal.
"We did a nice clean job all over the field," Hereford coach Tammy Mundie said. "[The players] just had a nice touch to their sticks today."
For all their hard work, though, the Bulls held just a 1-0 halftime lead as Towson goalie Jess Wurzbacher made nine of her 11 saves.
Bulala scored the game's first goal 6 minutes, 25 seconds into the first half on an assist from Becky Sebastian.
Hereford kept the pressure on after that but couldn't convert on numerous scoring chances until Ryan's goal with 22:15 left in the game. Krista Wisner had the assist on that goal.
Said Towson coach Holly West after giving her team a 20-minute post-game talk: "We have a lot of work to do."