Lauer lifts unbeaten Fallston over pesky North Harford, 8-6

April 30, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

C.J. Lauer, a junior attackman, scored the game's last two goals, as visiting Fallston fended off North Harford, 8-6, in a bruising Harford County League game last night.

It was a game between two of the county's best, and they played like it. Until Lauer's third and final goal with 4:26 left, no more than one goal separated the two rivals.

Fallston (8-0, 4-0) got outstanding play from midfielders Fred Sheckells, a senior, and Todd Paradise, a junior. Time and again the two used their speed to spark a transition game and each ended up with a goal.

They were joined by Kevin Morgan on the first unit, and as North Harford coach John Grubb was to say later, "They got the ground balls in the middle, and I didn't realize those two [Sheckells and Paradise] were that fast."

At the same time, he lost Keith Smith (a goal and an assist in the first half), the team leader in ground balls, 15 seconds into the second half. Patrick Elliott leveled him (he drew an unnecessary roughness penalty) and Smith did not return.

Elliott had an outstanding night and joined Lauer with three goals to lead the Fallston attack. For North Harford (7-3, 3-1), Mike Murray had two goals to raise his county-leading total to 30, and Jon Wright added two goals. Each goalkeeper, Jamie Auer for Fallston and Kevin Bandy for North Harford, had 14 saves.

Of Bandy, Grubb said, "He's a two-year starter as a sophomore and he has a lot of maturity. He doesn't get rattled."

Defenses took charge of the second half after Fallston led at intermission, 6-5. Tommy Staab completed a picture-perfect give-and-go play with Russell Sliger to give the home team a tie at 6 two minutes into the fourth period.

Lauer responded two minutes later with a successful dodge and a leaping move as he sent the ball past Bandy. Less than two minutes later, Bandy stopped a Paradise shot, covering the ball with his stick. When he went to clear the ball, it hit the goal post and caromed off to Lauer, who flipped the ball into the net.

It was one of the few mistakes of the game.

"We knew we had to play hard all the way," Fallston coach John Conley said. "Maybe you relax a little when you're up two, but it was still tough."

The Cougars' defense stopped five extra-man situations for North Harford.

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