Fallston clinches share of title, 3-1

October 22, 1992|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Unranked Fallston defeated No. 12 C. Milton Wright, 3-1, last night to remain the only team unbeaten in the Harford County girls soccer league.

The host Cougars (8-3, 6-0) scored two goals in the first 15 minutes and added another late in the second half to beat the co-defending county champion Mustangs.

The win assured the Cougars at least a share of the title, because the Mustangs were the only other team unbeaten in the league before yesterday's game. If the Cougars can win Monday's game against Joppatowne, a team they've already beaten, they will clinch the title outright.

Harford County doesn't have an official county title game, so last night's game was as close as it gets.

"This is always the premier game of the year," said Fallston senior sweeper Cindy Jenkins. "But it really wouldn't matter if we were 0-100 in the league, we would still be up for C. Milton Wright."

Jenkins set up the Cougars' first goal with a direct kick that skimmed off a defender's head right in front of the goal. Mustangs keeper Julie Smith dove to bat the ball away, but right wing Jenny Weber crossed it into the net.

Weber set up the second goal with a perfect crossing pass that Beth Blasi netted into the opposite corner.

"We knew after we got that second goal that if we did make any mistakes, it's not the end of the world," said Jenkins.

Early in the second half, Jenkins made the Cougars' only costly mistake. She tried to turn the ball on Mustangs wing Jen Catlin but lost her footing. Catlin blazed around Jenkins and scored from about 25 yards out.

Catlin's goal, four minutes after halftime, sparked an offensive surge by the Mustangs, who outshot Fallston 9-5 in the half.

The Mustangs (7-2-1, 5-1) had a few other good chances to score midway through the half. Becky Novak fed Catlin in the same spot where she scored her goal, but Catlin shanked the shot out of bounds.

Novak nearly scored a couple minutes later when Fallston keeper Suzy Harrison (seven saves) lost her handle on the ball but used her long reach to keep it out of the net.

Mustangs coach Ken Dawson said the game came down to the lack of polish on the Mustangs' offense. "We had innumerable opportunities, but we didn't finish, and if you don't finish, you don't win. That's the story of the ballgame."

Fallston added its final goal with 5:29 left when Megan Tulley fed Courtney Benner for a score.

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