Wright tops N. Harford, 3-1

C. M.

October 15, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

The turning point in C. Milton Wright's 3-1 girls soccer victory at North Harford last night came seven minutes into the game.

The Mustangs (6-1-1 overall, 4-0 in the league) have gotten off to several slow starts this season. But last night, Amanda Fouts scored their first goal after just seven minutes had elapsed.

"We thought they would be as tough as Fallston, so it really helped to get that first goal," said the Mustangs' stopper, Amanda McCulloch. "We sometimes have a problem getting hyped up in the first 10 minutes."

The Mustangs didn't have an easy time of it the rest of the game, but got strong performances from everybody. Coach Ken Dawson said he couldn't single out anyone in particular for praise.

Keeper Julie Smith, however, had some fine saves, especially in the second half. She finished the night with 15.

Smith's most crucial save preserved a 1-0 first-half lead with eight minutes left.

Hawks striker Shannon Harman headed a corner kick from Tonia Bruno into the crossbar. Smith got a hand on the ball as it caromed straight down and then she smothered it amid several Hawks.

C. Milton Wright increased its lead with 49 seconds left in the half on Amanda Moculski's goal. Jen Catlin set up the score after a duel with Hawks keeper Krista Doyle (11 saves).

Catlin, a speedy right wing, crossed the ball out of the hands of the diving Doyle. Moculski, wide open to Catlin's left, tapped the pass in the net.

"That goal at the end of the half was a real boost," said Dawson. "Going from 1-0 to 2-0 just does a world of good for your confidence."

The Mustangs added another goal when Miranda James scored on a feed from Moculski midway through the second half.

The Hawks (6-2, 2-2) got their only goal of the game when Melissa Anderson headed in Bruno's throw with 7:20 left in the game.

The Hawks, who were only outshot 21-16, threatened again in the final minute. Heather Martin had a good angle on a header pass from Anderson and barely missed.

Despite the loss, which most likely knocks the Hawks out of the running for the county title, North Harford coach Tom Berg said his team played one of its best games.

"We weren't intimidated and we weren't out-hustled," said Berg. "C. Milton Wright is a quality team. I'm proud of the way they played."

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