Fallston claims county title, 4-0

October 20, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

Fallston's only regular-season loss a year ago cost it a county soccer championship. Last night, playing at home, the Cougars made sure it didn't happen again.

No 4. Fallston (11-0) was held scoreless for nearly 50 minutes, but once junior scoring leader Beth Blasi broke the ice, the ensuing surge led to a 4-0 championship victory over North Harford (7-4). Blasi finished with two goals and assists on goals by Courtney Benner and Jenny Weber.

A year ago, C. Milton Wright beat Fallston in overtime for the title, and going into last night's game, there was some question of how coach Nancy Ferguson's squad and North Harford would react. The Cougars were coming off a solid 2-1 victory over Wright Monday night, and the Hawks had been stunned by Joppatowne, 1-0.

"The first half was sluggish, something I was afraid of," Ferguson said, "but I told them Monday's win would mean nothing if we didn't get this one."

Blasi seemingly took it as a personal challenge.

North Harford put sophomore Danielle Konschak, its linchpin at center halfback, at sweeper back to mark Blasi, and for 49 minutes the ploy worked.

Then, from a scramble in front of the goal, Blasi got the ball past goalkeeper Erin Kroneberger. Less than two minutes later, two of the Fallston strikers were back, Benner crossing the ball and, from 10 yards away, Blasi sticking it over the leaping Kroneberger.

With some 15 minutes left, Ferguson had Blasi, Benner and Weber out getting a breather, but once back on the field, they went to work. Weber came from the outside as Blasi crossed the ball, and when it was deflected into the air, Weber put her body on it as it came down and the ball went in on the unprotected side of the goal.

Blasi got the last goal, lofting a shot from 35 yards out on the left side. Fallston ended with 25 shots to three for North Harford.

While the offense was working against North Harford leaders Konschak and back Tara Schlerf, Fallston sophomore Jenny Cook led a strong defensive effort.

* McDonogh 3, Catholic 1: Laurie Schwoy scored two goals, including the go-ahead goal in the second half, to give No. 2 McDonogh (14-0-2) a victory over host Catholic. The win clinched the Catholic League regular-season title for the Eagles, who will receive a bye for the league playoffs that start Nov. 2.

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