One goal is usually all it takes when field hockey rivals Towson and Hereford meet.
Yesterday, No. 13 Hereford's Taylor Cummins provided that goal five minutes into the second half to give the host Bulls a 1-0 victory over defending Baltimore County champion and No. 9 Towson.
"We saw The Baltimore Sun favored Towson to win, so we really wanted to come out on top," Hereford midfielder Courtney Haldeman said. "This is such a big rivalry. Last year, they got a quick goal on us and we spent the whole rest of the game trying to come back, so we didn't want that to happen again."
The Bulls (9-2, 5-0 county) dominated the first half, outshooting the Generals 10-1. The second half was more even, but defense kept the Generals in the game, thanks in large part to goalie Emily Coccagna's making nine saves in the game and defender Jamie Clemmens' clearing a ball away from the goal line early in the second half.
Hereford got the jump on the Generals (6-2, 3-1) on its 10th penalty corner when Austin Riley sent a pass through the circle that Cummins fired into the cage with 24:07 left.
"It took them scoring a goal to wake us up and start playing our game," said Towson coach Holly West, who didn't want to blame her team's slow start on the two hours the Generals spent stuck in traffic during a funeral procession for a state trooper.
No. 2 St. Paul's 3, No. 7 Archbishop Spalding 1: : The secret to beating the St. Paul's volleyball team is solving the riddle that is Bailey Webster. The Cavaliers gave it a good try, but the answer is still a mystery.
Webster, the No. 1 college recruit in the country according to PrepVolleyball.com, contributed 39 kills, six blocks, and 10 digs to lead the Gators to a 25-20, 25-22, 16-25, 25-18 win over host and seventh-ranked Spalding (9-3) in an Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference game.
Spalding went on several runs in the match to either tie or take the lead, but each time Webster rallied the Gators (8-0). At one point in the second game with Spalding leading 18-16, Webster recorded seven kills to help turn the deficit into a 24-21 lead. Almost every time the Cavaliers made a run, St. Paul's - led by Webster - responded.
"I'm proud of my team and the way they played," Spalding coach Scott Rombach said. "I stood on the umpire stairs and just fired balls into my players in practice to prepare for her, but you just can't prepare for a player like Bailey."
PARKVILLE 2, NO. 4 PERRY HALL 1: : Ifeoluwa Odetoye and Jimmy Nugent scored the goals as the Knights upended the host Gators.
NO. 2 RIVER HILL 2, ATHOLTON 2, OT:: River Hill junior forward Anna Kim scored with one minute left in regulation as the Hawks (6-0-1) salvaged a tie against visiting Atholton. The Raiders got a 13-save performance from goalie Amy Weinberg.