Fallston avenges Joppatowne loss

May 18, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Fallston (11-1) made sure there was no letdown this time, as it defeated visiting Joppatowne, 17-6, for the Class 1A-2A North regional championship yesterday.

Pairings for the state semifinals will be announced tomorrow.

Fallston got solid play at both ends of the field in scoring seven straight goals, as it built a 9-2 lead in the first half.

In sharp contrast to the teams' first meeting, however, Fallston took charge of the second half, running off five goals in a row.

The first time, the Cougars piled up a 13-1 halftime cushion, then didn't remember what got them there, as Joppatowne (9-3) rallied for eight goals and held Fallston to one.

Junior Jenny Weber, who did a good job on draws, scored in the first 22 seconds, and junior Julie Haire followed suit a minute later, as Fallston started off on top.

Tiffany Gehring got the first of her three goals to get Joppatowne within a goal, but it was all Cougars thereafter.

"It was important to get that first goal," Weber said, "because we knew they'd be pumped. We wanted to get on top and stay there."

Haire, who shared goal-scoring honors with Weber and Kathleen Turk at three, admitted the team had slacked off in the second half of the earlier game.

"We wanted to show them we could play a full game. We've been working on the offense going back and helping on defense," she said.

While the Fallston defense in front of the goal was able to thwart the Mariners' attack, the same was not true at the other end.

Joppatowne's defense could not keep up with the quicker Cougars' attack, although junior goalkeeper Karen Lemley made 15 saves.

Said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson, "We told them the first 10 minutes of each half would be the most important.

"There were two different teams for each half in that other game, and we didn't know how good [Joppatowne] would be."

As for Joppatowne, the team that played the earlier first half showed up again.

"We couldn't pass or catch," lamented coach Pam Reich.

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