County's Big 3 Teams Sweep Their Openers

September 16, 1990|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff writer

Joppatowne, C. Milton Wright and Fallston, which shared the Harford County girls soccer title last season, each won their seasan-opening games Friday.

The Joppatowne Mariners (1-0), the Class 2A/1A state runner-up last year, had the easiest time of the three as it trounced Towson, 5-1, at Towson.

Although Towson (0-1) finished 11-2 last season after losing, 5-1, in the state semifinals, they were no match for the talented Mariners who got three goals from Thori Staples and two from Kelly Prior.

Staples (18 goals) and Prior (two) were the Mariners' top scorers last season.

The C. Milton Wright Mustangs and the Fallston Cougars (both 1-0) had to go into the second overtime before winning their contests.

The Mustangs defeated the Perry Hall Gators, 2-1, and the Cougars edged the Institute of Notre Dame's Indians, 3-2.

Fallston sophomore Laura Rocchio scored two goals -- including the game-winner with just 2:40 left in the second overtime -- to lead the Cougars to victory.

Fallston had built a 2-0 halftime lead on Rocchio's first goal just two minutes into the game and another by Kristina Lilley with 4:55 left in the first half.

But the Indians rallied with second half goals by Pinky Mendoza and Shanna Becker to send the game into overtime.

"We missed a lot of shots, but that was inexperience and we can work on that," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson, whose squad dominated play in every statistical category, including shots (35-12) and corners (9-4).

"We don't have the numbers and that showed (in the Cougars fatigue). But we know what situation we're in so we're just going to have to be in shape for games."

Another sophomore, Taryn Szerensitis, scored the game-winning goal for the C. Milton Wright Mustangs.

Szerensitis tallied off a corner kick with 6:09 remaining in the second overtime period.

The Mustangs, the Class 4A/3A state runners-up last season, fell behind, 1-0, after Perry Hall's Shelley Zadjel tallied with just 1:48 gone in the second half.

Senior Julie Francis, the Mustangs second leading scorer last season with 12 goals, scored the equalizer with 3:28 remaining in regulation on a cross from teammate Leigh Biggerman.

"We're a very young team and for us to fall behind, come back and win in overtime -- that's a real boost for us," said C. Milton Wright coach Ken Dawson, whose Mustangs had beaten Perry Hall twice last season, including in their playoff opener.

The Mariners were facing a Towson squad that reached last year's state semifinals to eventual Class 2A state champion Hammond.

Hammond of Howard County blanked Joppatowne, 2-0, for the state title after the Mariners beat Wilde Lake, 2-0, in the semifinals.

Joppatowne will again visit Wilde Lake Friday in what should be a thrilling contest.

The Wildecats return standout scorer Renita Young, who was selected to The Sun's All-Metro team as a freshman when she scored 20 goals. Young missed last season with a knee injury.

C. Milton Wright plays host to Seton Keough Wednesday and visits Westminster Friday.

Tomorrow, Fallston plays host to Howard County's Atholton.

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