Fallston charges into state semifinals Girls soccer

November 05, 1993|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Staff Writer

Nancy Ferguson had not taken a Fallston girls soccer team to the state tournament in about five years, but this time there was added incentive.

The coach watched as striker Beth Blasi scored the first of her two goals on the team's initial charge into the offensive end, and the visitors went on to a 3-0 victory over North Harford (11-3) in the Class 1A-2A North regional final last night.

"We made an agreement," Ferguson said, "that since we didn't win the county championship, we'd better go after the regional. The past few years, we would win the county, then lose in the region."

This time, Fallston (11-3) will be in next week's state semifinals.

Against North Harford, it was a much better Fallston team than the one that showed up to play Hereford in its regional opener Tuesday. The Cougars won that one, 1-0, but it wasn't pretty.

"We were more intense this time; Tuesday we just weren't with it," Blasi said.

Blasi's first score, 2:33 into the game, was the result of warding off a defender, having goalkeeper Erin Kronenberger come out to challenge, then sticking the ball into the left corner of the net. Her second goal came on a penalty kick.

Fallston dominated throughout; two good scoring chances were stopped when freshman Tara Schlerf headed the ball away.

Halfway through the second half, Kronenberger came out to get a ball, but she and a Fallston player arrived at the same time. The ball was deflected to Courtney Benner, who had a direct 15-yard shot.

"That was better," Ferguson said of her team's performance. "I had to remind them of what got us this far -- going to the ball."

A passive unit turned into an attacking one that controlled the midfield to set up numerous offensive runs against a game, but overmatched, defense.

"We told them they had to play mistake-free against a team that has tremendous talent and is well-coached," North Harford coach Tom Berg said. "It just didn't happen."

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