Fallston gains 1A final with 2-0 victory over Key Cougars' Dougherty gets goal, assist

November 14, 1992|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Staff Writer

HAGERSTOWN -- Senior Shane Dougherty had a goal and an assist to lead top-seeded Fallston past fourth-seeded Francis Scott Key, 2-0, in a Class 1A semifinal match last night at South Hagerstown.

Fallston advances to the final and will face second-seeded Easton -- a 2-1 winner over Westmar yesterday -- Saturday at Old Mill.

"Sometimes when you get to this level, you come up tight, and I think we came out a little tight tonight," Fallston coach Len Petrey said.

"It wasn't our prettiest efforts of the year, but it was effective," Petrey said.

Fallston (13-1-1) took a 1-0 lead 10 minutes into the half when Dougherty took advantage of a Key miscue in front.

Senior Scott Kreit -- who marked Dougherty tight all game long -- made one mistake early when he failed to clear a loose ball along the left side.

Daugherty was there to score his 32nd goal of the season and ninth of the playoffs.

"He's [Dougherty's] very talented and really showed it tonight," Petrey said.

"He's got great vision of the field, passes and can also score. He's really got it all," Petrey said.

The Cougars added an insurance goal early in the second half when sophomore Mike Guiffrida took a pretty through ball from Dougherty and placed a low shot that beat keeper John Engel to the left side.

Key had a golden opportunity four minutes into the game when freshman Robbie Green streaked along the left side and fired a shot that hit the crossbar.

Senior Mike Locklear had an open net on the rebound, but sailed it high over the post.

"Robbie came so close, and that goal could have made a big difference," said Francis Scott Key coach Gee Hibberd.

"The kids really pulled together and never quit," he said. "They just kept improving all season long with hard work.

"Tonight they played about as well as they could and didn't leave anything at home with them."

The teams got to state play in different ways.

Francis Scott Key reached with a pair of 1-0 wins as the fourth seed in Region 11.

After a 1-4-1 start, Key rallied to qualify for postseason play winning six of its last eight.

Top-seeded Fallston outscored its two regional opponents by a combined 18-1.

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