Fallston and Middletown played to a 1-1 tie before Nicole Clark scored the game-winner in sudden-death penalty strokes, as Fallston advanced in a Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association Class 2A field hockey semifinal yesterday at Goucher College.
Fallston will meet second-seeded James M. Bennett of Salisbury in the championship game. All of the titles will be decided Saturday at Goucher.
Two-time defending state champion Fallston (11-3-1) rallied i the second half against top-seeded Middletown (12-3), of Frederick County. Kerry Black scored midway through the first half. Middletown held a 1-0 halftime lead.
In the second half, Kerri Guth tied it for the Harford County champions. After two 10-minute sudden-death overtime periods of seven-on-seven field play, the game went into penalty strokes.
Both teams missed their first sudden-death attempts. Clark scored on Fallston's second try.
Goalie Tammy Kloiber stopped Middletown's second attempt to preserve the win. Kloiber also had saved Middletown's first stroke.
In the other Class 2A semifinal, second-seeded James M. Bennett edged Glenelg, 1-0.
Kim Bloodsworth scored the goal for Bennett (12-2-2), of Wicomico County, in the second half. Heather Davis had eight saves for Glenelg (10-4).
Both Class 3A semifinals were decided on sudden-death penalty strokes, as Magruder and Calvert advanced to Saturday's final.
Third-seeded Magruder (12-2) knocked off No. 2 Bel Air after the teams played to a 1-1 tie. Jenny Heyoh, who had missed a penalty stroke in the second half, scored the game-winner for the Colonels, from Montgomery County.
Michele Thomas gave Bel Air (13-2) an early lead when she scored on a feed from Teri Fox. Stacy Stets tied it with 17 minutes, 20 seconds left in the second half.
Bel Air outshot Magruder, 4-2, in the two overtime periods. Magruder won when Heyoh scored and then goalie Becky Pellett stopped the stroke by Bel Air's Marji Wasson.
Top-seeded Calvert (13-1-1) and No. 4 Liberty played to a scoreless tie through the two overtime periods, but Calvert's Elena Moore scored the game-winner on the first sudden-death stroke.
Liberty (7-5-3) had dominated nearly the entire game, but 13 saves by Calvert goalie Jennifer Prowinski kept the Calvert County team in the game.
Pocomoke beat Francis Scott Key, 2-1, in a clash of defending state champions. The two had tied for the Class 1A title a year ago.
Leslie Aydelette scored both goals for Pocomoke (11-3-1), of Worcester County. Chrissy Naurot scored for Key (8-7).
In the other semifinal, top-seeded Easton remained the only undefeated team in yesterday's competition. The Warriors (15-0-1) beat Joppatowne, 1-0, on Jenny Sullivan's first-half goal.