Shane Dougherty scored three goals to lead visiting Fallsto past Havre de Grace, 4-0, in a battle of unbeaten soccer teams last night.
It was the opening game of the Harford County League for the winners (4-0 overall), who got two goals in each half. Havre de Grace dropped to 1-1 (4-1 overall).
"I think our speed and ball control were the big factors," Fallston coach Len Petrey said. "We usually have trouble adjusting here because of the narrow [football-width] field, because we like to spread things out.
"We were a little confused defensively in the first half, because we were not marking the way we were supposed to, but we
made some halftime adjustments."
Havre de Grace entered averaging 6 1/2 goals a game, and the goals allowed by keeper Brad Gladfelter were the first against him this season. Two earlier scores were against reserve keeper John Carr.
"I think we were frustrated, and lost our composure," Havre de Grace coach Dale Knight said of the physical game, in which his team played a man down for the last 19 minutes after Sean Smith was ejected for unsportsmanlike conduct.
Havre de Grace, out-shot 21-12, had its two best scoring chances on indirect kicks, one in each half, as the offense otherwise had problems finishing off opportunities.
Credit the Fallston defense, led by Jim Penski and Dan Powers in front of keeper Jason Hunsinger, with some of that. The Cougars had allowed four goals in winning their previous three games.
"They did a good job of taking away our passing lanes," Knight added.
nTC At the other end, Smith and Jason Barnard did a solid defensive job.
"To this point, I'm pleased with our record, but this shows that we have some work to do -- areas we have to improve."