North Harford struggles, wins

November 06, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

The Eastern Shore schools are in their first year with girls soccer as a varsity sport, but don't try and tell North Harford and coach Tom Berg that should have meant an instant victory.

Parkside (6-6-1) stepped up and gave favored North Harford (12-3) all it could handle in a Class 1A-2A regional semifinal at Fallston yesterday.

The two were locked in a scoreless tie until North Harford sophomore Danielle Konschak, their leading scorer, headed a ball past goalkeeper Krista Jones for the game's only score 2:58 into the second overtime.

The Hawks will play Fallston, a 16-0 winner over Parkside, at Fallston at 7 p.m. Wednesday for the Class 1A-2A North regional championship and a place in the state semifinals.

North Harford spent the game in the Parkside end and had scoring chances go awry either because of a stout defense or an awfully crowded area inside the 18-yard stripe. The Hawks finished with 39 shots and Jones, a freshman backup, had 19 saves.

But Amy Scotten, from deep in the right corner, drove the ball into the middle where Konschak got her head on it and from close range diverted it into the open side of the goal.

"We had to keep changing our thoughts of what we might be satisfied with," Parkside coach Mike Bievenour said.

"After North Harford beat another of our area teams [Mardella], 21-0, we figured we'd come up here and if we could hold them to five goals it would be a moral victory."

With his leading scorer at her sister's wedding, Bievenour wasn't thinking scoring.

"Then, as the first half went along, we wanted to get to the half scoreless; to the end of the game scoreless; and then through the overtimes," he said. "You get to a shootout anything could happen."

And North Harford goalkeeper Erin Kroneberger, who had no saves, had not been even threatened.

Konschak started the game in back because, Berg said, "We felt we'd better play conservatively to start. They had beaten Aberdeen, 3-0, and we weren't sure what they'd do.

"I'll say this: Parkside is extremely well coached and that's the best first-year team I've seen in 22 years of soccer. At the same time, I think our players had a feeling of frustration. They didn't think they'd lose, but they wondering why it was taking so long to score."

When it became obvious the Hawks didn't have to worry about defense, Konschak moved up, and, until the goal, did everything but score.

"It was getting frustrating, though, and on a bicycle kick I came down on my tailbone, and that hurt," she said.

Parkside started five freshmen, four sophomores and two juniors. Two games ago, a back was sidelined with a broken arm, and Bievenour took his keeper, Ann Lawrence, and moved her to a back position, then put Jones in goal.

Although the winners' best defense was their offense, backs Tara Schlerf, a sophomore, and Tina Kidd, a four-year starter, did good work protecting the other side of midfield, and sent solid kicks back to the other end, helping sustain the offensive pressure.

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