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No. 6 Hereford field hockey breaks through to win Class 2A state championship

CHESTERTOWN — Hereford's Maggie Gutberlet put it best following the Class 2A field hockey state final Saturday night — she and the rest of her teammates were tired of losing.

After coming up short in the state final the last two years, the No. 6 Bulls finally broke through this year and won their seventh state championship with a 2-1 victory over Kent Island.

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Gutberlet, a senior, scored 11 minutes into the game to give the Bulls the early lead. Haley Jolly added a goal midway through the second half and Hereford held on after Kent Island scored in the final seconds.

"We were done with losing and being second best," Gutberlet said. "We decided to come out here as hard as we could. We knocked two in the cage and were able to hold them back."

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Freshman Camryn Kelbaugh stopped three shots for Hereford, which gave up just five goals all season.
"It's good to finally have the win," Hereford coach Caitlin MacKenzie said. "It's always nice to be in a state championship game, but it's always nice to be on the bus ride home a winner."

Freshman Abby Carpenter scored in the final seconds for Kent Island, which had its season ended by the Bulls for the second straight season.

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