Hammond wakes up, downs Fallston Girls soccer

September 15, 1993|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Staff Writer

Hammond coach Dave Guetler could not rest easy before Fallston's girls soccer team came to town yesterday.

"I was really afraid of this game," Guetler said. "I thought they'd catch us napping."

Instead, the Bears, ranked No. 1 in The Baltimore Sun preseason girls soccer poll, got a wake-up call.

They had to come on strong late to pull off a 3-1 victory over the Harford County champion Cougars, ranked No. 7.

Fallston's tough defense and Hammond's missed opportunities kept the game close until late in the second half. After the Bears took a first-half lead, Fallston tied it at 1-1 midway through the second half.

That's when Hammond woke up.

At the 23-minute mark, Kacy Williams moved through two defenders, toyed with Cougars goalie Suzy Harrison and shot the ball by her.

Kisha Jett's insurance goal sealed the victory for Hammond, the co-Howard County champion, in the season opener for both teams.

Although the Bears started off slowly, they had not forgotten that Fallston played them tough in losing, 4-2, early last season.

"They always do well against us," said Williams, a senior halfback. "Last year, they were the only team to score two goals on us, so we took our defense very seriously."

The Bears' defenders, sweeper Becky Bays, stopper Liz Bielefeld and fullbacks Karen Fink and Jennifer Yezek, as well as halfbacks Williams, Angela Trancucci, Katy Evans and Natalie Serianni, shut down the Cougars in the first half, holding them to four shots.

Amy Nestor, who finished with six saves, stopped three in the half.

Hammond dominated the half and had at least a half-dozen good opportunities to score, but connected on just one. Bielefeld scored on a direct kick from about 30 yards out at

the 17-minute mark.

"I tried to do a line drive and keep it low, and it reflected off the wall and went in the right corner," said Bielefeld, who fired the VTC shot past Harrison as she committed in the opposite direction.

Harrison sparked a second-half turnaround with two saves on a series of three Hammond shots. She dived for the first, watched the second carom off a defender and stood up in time to stop a third.

A minute later at the other end, Cougars striker Beth Blasi just missed wide on a couple of shots. After Hammond made a brief run, the Cougars came back to score their only goal.

Blasi broke between two Hammond defenders to send a perfect ball across the field, where Carey Gayo booted it past Nestor for Fallston's goal.

"We just sort of lost it at the end," said Cougars sweeper Beth Rappold. "Up front, they just had so much speed and in the middle they had so much control. They were really tough."

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