Morgan's 3 goals send Fallston to final, send Glenelg home Top seed romps, 4-0, in match of defending champs 2A boys soccer

November 13, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

Glenelg will not win a second consecutive state championship.

But Fallston still might.

Kevin Morgan made sure of that by recording a hat trick to help No. 2 and top-seeded Fallston defeat fourth-seeded Glenelg, 4-0, in a matchup of defending state champions in the Class 2A state semifinal last night at Liberty.

Fallston (14-0-1), which won the Class 1A title last year, advances to the state final next Saturday against second-seed Middletown (14-0-1) at noon at Old Mill. Middletown defeated Parkside, 1-0, on a second-half penalty kick from Peter Medd.

No. 11 Glenelg, which shared last year's Class 2A title with Rockville, ended up 8-6-1. It was Fallston's 19th straight victory.

Morgan led a Fallston attack that pressured Glenelg from the beginning. Time and again the Cougars used crisp passing to speed to find good scoring chances.

Fallston often uses a short passing game, but it switched strategies after seeing Glenelg quickly pack it in on defense. The Cougars switched to the chip and run strategy, sending long balls downfield.

"That's what was there," said Fallston coach Len Petrey. "They didn't give us the short game. [The long balls] worked."

After Fallston began to go over the top, the scoring chances came. About 14 minutes in, Morgan got a ball that squirted away from goalie John Golding. Morgan crossed it to Brian Benner, who sent it over the crossbar.

Morgan finally got Fallston on the board with 11:36 left in the half. Jud Ryan sent a ball over a Glenelg defender to Morgan, who broke in alone on Golding. Morgan chipped the ball over the onrushing goalie for a 1-0 lead.

"Usually we come out and score pretty quickly," said Morgan, who has 21 goals and 13 assists. "Once we put one in, they began dropping in pretty easily."

Morgan made it 2-0 with 1:38 left in the half, taking a Mike Giuffrida pass and firing it in from the box.

With 25:50 left in the game, Morgan increased the lead to 3-0 by taking a pass from Howard Sullens, dribbling through a few Glenelg defenders and scoring from 10 yards.

Giuffrida, the team's leading scorer with 28 goals and 11 assists, added the final goal with 11:46 left with an assist from Trevor Kolego.

Glenelg watched Giuffrida closely, but the junior forward helped the Fallston offense with his accurate long balls.

Fallston kept the Glenelg offense quiet much of the night. The Gladiators were outshot, 16-8, and rarely found good chances.

Fallston sweeper Todd Paradise played well, especially in the opening moments when Glenelg nearly had two breakaways in the first 90 seconds.

"They're an outstanding team," said Glenelg coach John Bouman. "After about 15 minutes, I knew we [would have trouble]."

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