Kiley Bolonda needed only a few words to describe the state of Dulaney field hockey, moments after the Lions beat two-time defending Class 2A state champion Hereford, 1-0, in Timonium.
Bolonda scored on a feed from Emma Klein.
“This was pretty amazing,” Bolonda said.
It was a different Dulaney team Wednesday than the one that had lost to the Bulls by three goals Sept. 23.
“What was great about that game is that we saw some holes in our game,” said Dulaney coach Kellie Fialcowitz, whose team improved to 6-3. “And things we wanted to work on. We have been fixing them. They have done everything I have asked them to do for the last two weeks.”
Bolonda, a senior attacker, scored Dulaney’s goal with 12:48 remaining in the first half.
She was stationed near the left post and re-directed Klein’s crossing pass by all-state junior goalie Camryn Kelbaugh.
“Emma Klein was coming down on the right side of the field on a fast break and had amazing ball control,” Bolonda said. “She crossed it in and I had been running down the left side of the field with her. I was in the right place at the right time.”
Hereford (5-3) outplayed Dulaney in the second half and held an 5-1 advantage in penalty corners in that span.
The Bulls had two penalty corners during the first five minutes of the half, but Ellie Dreschler blocked Graeme Eber’s shot and another attempt from the senior midfielder went wide of the goal.
Hereford pushed for the equalizer in the final minutes by pressuring the defense of Dreschler, Mae Dickens, Grace Jung and Lydia Naughton that protected goalie Alli Hill.
The Bulls had two more penalty corners late, but failed to get a shot on goal.
“We had plenty of opportunities,” Hereford coach Caitlin Duvall said. “We just didn’t score and capitalize on fast breaks. We didn’t take it to the net.”