Fallston field hockey goalie Tammy Kloiber thrives on pressure.
The senior had 19 saves -- including four spectacular diving efforts -- to preserve a 0-0 double-overtime tie against No. 1 Bel Air yesterday.
"The bigger the game, the better she plays," said Fallston coach Alice Puckett.
No. 3 Fallston (8-0-1, 5-0-1) will have to beat C. Milton Wright on Friday to force a tie with Bel Air for the Harford County championship. The Bobcats (11-0-1 league, 6-0-1 league) finished their regular season with at least a share of the title.
Kloiber, who has allowed only three goals all season, earned her seventh shutout yesterday. She was most impressive in the second half of regulation, when Bel Air outshot the defending county champ, 12-0. Four of her nine saves came on diving blocks.
"You don't find many girls willing to dive headfirst for the ball," said Bel Air coach Phyllis Hemmes. "If she hadn't taken those dives, a couple balls would have been in the goal cage."
Bel Air, which has scored 40 goals this season, dominated the regulation time. But Fallston fought back in the two overtime periods, played with seven players on a side.
The Cougars had seven shots, including a penalty stroke, in the first 10-minute overtime period. Bel Air goalie Beth Dail stepped on the ball to stop it, giving the Cougars a stroke. Jeanna Marzulla's penalty stroke sailed wide.
Dail, although not as dramatic as Kloiber, has similar statistics. She also has given up three goals this season, and she has nine shutouts. In overtime against Fallston, Dail had five saves.