Fallston drops Key in OT, 1-0

September 28, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Meredith Weinhold deflected a passing shot from Laura Grabowski into the cage three minutes into overtime to move No. 2 Fallston (2-0) past visiting Francis Scott Key, 1-0, yesterday.

It marked the first time Fallston had won in the brief series after a loss and a tie the last two years.

This was a matchup of state champions, as Key (1-5) won Class 1A and Fallston 2A last year. The game reflected it, although a field soggy from recent rains negated some of the skills on both sides.

The game also was indicative of how the season has gone for Key, a preseason choice to do well in what is a strong county for field hockey, with three schools currently ranked. Of Key's five losses, each has been by a goal, and one was in overtime to North Carroll. Fallston's only other game was a 4-0 decision over Hammond a week ago.

Goalkeeper Missy Muller, an honorable-mention All-State selection last season who had no chance on the winning goal, did a solid job in the cage for Key. She finished with 14 saves, three of them in the overtime session.

"We just weren't getting to the open spaces enough, and when we did the passes seemed to be too far in front," Key coach Mindi Wagner said.

Fallston put good pressure on the ball, particularly in the second half, when it didn't allow the visitors a shot.

Coach Alice Puckett got good play from a defense keyed by senior Julie Haire, along with Kathleen Turk, Katie Wirth and Barbara Ordes. Grabowski was the workhorse, though, playing well end to end.

Key received some good play in the middle of the field, particularly from Jen Gallagher, Jen McDaniel and Amy Layman, but usually was thwarted in its offensive end.

"It's hard to be game-sharp when you have only had one up to now," Puckett said. "I thought we outplayed them, but we showed a lot of hesitation. We have looked good in practice, but you need the games."

Fallston had good scoring chances inside the last 15 minutes of regulation, but missed on a deflection and Muller kicked out two

in succession from a scramble beside the cage.

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