Fallston arrives with Ferguson Coach of the Year

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

Fallston girls soccer coach Nancy Ferguson had a three-year plan for her young team, but the Cougars are running a little ahead of schedule.

Next year was supposed to be the big year, but this fall, the Cougars (9-4) went unbeaten through the Harford County League.

Their only losses came in non-league games against ranked teams -- Howard County powers Hammond and Oakland Mills, as well as McDonogh and Loch Raven.

The Cougars still have something to accomplish next fall, however, after falling, 2-1, to Loch Raven in the Class 2A regional title game.

"Getting to the end and losing, that was a little disappointing," said Ferguson. "I still think you play two halves in that game and it's yours. Maybe it was youth."

Still, Ferguson couldn't have asked for much more through most the season. The Cougars never lost a game by more than two goals and were competitive to the end in all of their games.

For Ferguson, The Baltimore Sun's Harford County Girls Soccer Coach of the Year, this is just the latest in a string of seasons in which she has turned some of the county's youngest teams into big winners.

She earned The Baltimore Sun's All-Metro Coach of the Year honors last basketball season after taking a team with four freshmen to the state Class 2A championship game.

For the past two years, her lacrosse teams have gone unbeaten in the county and reached the state Class 2A-1A final four. Those teams included a few more seniors -- as many as six.

This fall, Ferguson carried 11 underclassmen on her roster of 24. That team vastly improved on the 5-6 record posted a year ago by a team that included eight freshmen. That team came on strong at the end, and the momentum carried into this season.

Ferguson started three freshmen and a handful of sophomores, but every underclassman on the team saw regular action.

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