Fallston shuts out Perry Hall, 3-0

October 11, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Sophomore Paul Kelly, a season-long starting striker, set up the game's first goal, then scored twice later in the second half to lead host Fallston (6-0-1), the co-No. 1-ranked metro area team, past Perry Hall (5-1) last night, 3-0.

Mike Giuffrida, the Cougars' senior scoring leader, broke the scoreless tie less than four minutes into the second half, connecting on a shot off a cross from Kelly at the top left corner of the box.

Perry Hall keeper Bill Foos and Giuffrida got to the ball about the same time, but the latter's shot was strong enough that it caromed off Foos and into the back of an open net.

"We had done a good job of marking him in the first half with [senior co-captain Chris] Ude and [junior Adam] Nastalski, but we made one mistake -- we lost our mark -- and he was right on it," Perry Hall coach Ed Wolf said of Giuffrida.

Kelly, the only sophomore on a roster of 10 seniors and six juniors, has fit right in with his older, more experienced teammates. "They have made it easy for me," he said.

Coach Len Petrey said, "They're willing to accept a good player. They razz him, but that's part of the acceptance, too."

Of his first goal, with 25 minutes left, Kelly said Foos called for the ball, but there was some miscommunication, and when he went down for it, I was able to chip it over him." The last one, with 13 minutes to go, came when Kelly got open and was able to drill a shot into the upper right corner of the goal.

Perry Hall, with a definite height advantage, was able to thwart Fallston in the midfield and in back, with Ude, Nastalski and Brian Neiberline sparking the defense. For Fallston, Brett Birkmire anchored a defense in front of goalkeeper Eric McPhee, who earned his fifth shutout with 10 saves, including a couple of diving stops.

The visitors had several scoring opportunities, but failed to get a foot on the ball in goal-mouth scrambles or misdirected shots.

"We knew they'd come out strongly; they have a lot of kids back," Petrey said of the opposition. "We expected talent and they brought it." Of Fallston, Wolf said, "They're well-trained and they execute faster than teams we've seen."

Fallston girls 2, Perry Hall 0

Karen Tiedemann and Beth Blasi scored the goals, and a solid defense made them stand up, as Fallston defeated visiting Perry Hall in a non-league matchup of 5-0 teams. Tiedemann's score came off a pass from Jenny Weber and the shooter found an open side of the net in front of her. Blasi's defender slipped and fell, and keeper Steph Koman (16 saves) had no chance. Emily Weibel, Fallston's keeper, had 15 stops.

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