Senior captain Matt Schmauder and the defensive front led the host Mount Hebron boys soccer team to a 3-1 win over No. 5 River Hill in Howard County play last night.
Schmauder's first goal, coming with 4:55 to play in the second half, gave the No. 8 Vikings a 2-0 lead. After Matt Fontain cut the lead to 2-1 two minutes later, Schmauder sealed the win with a header in the closing minutes.
The Vikings, who have seven new starters from last year's team that won the Class 3A State title, improved to 2-1 on the season.
"It just shows we can run with the best of teams," Schmauder said. "We didn't come into the season thinking we lost everybody and we were just going to bow down to everybody. We came in working hard today, playing our game, and were able to come out on top."
The Vikings took a 1-0 lead midway through the first half when Aidan Hoolachan deflected Tom Keagle's long throw.
No. 5 River Hill 5, No. 13 Mt. Hebron 0 -- Semret Seyoum, Anna Kim, Katheryn Gaasch, Stephanie Norman and Bianca Firio each scored a goal to lead the Hawks (4-1) over the host Vikings (0-2).
Staff reports contributed to this article.