Fallston throttles way into region final

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

Fallston had battered Edgewood, 13-0, during the regular season so their rematch in the semifinals of the Class 1A-2A girls soccer tournament figured to be a mismatch. It was.

Eleven players had a part in the scoring as the Cougars (14-0), ranked No. 4 among metro area teams and No. 16 nationally by at least one publication, defeated the visitors in a season-high outburst, 16-0.

The Cougars will play North Harford, a 1-0 overtime winner against Parkside in the second half of a doubleheader, for the Class 1A-2A North regional championship and a place in the state semifinals.

The game will be Wednesday at Fallston at 7 p.m.; C. Milton Wright will play Perry Hall for the Class 3A-4A North regional championship at 5 p.m.

It took Fallston just more than 10 minutes to score, but when junior Beth Blasi, the top scorer for coach Nancy Ferguson with 17 goals and 12 assists, connected after a misdirected Edgewood goal kick, it opened the scoring gate.

The margin was 9-0 at the half, and about the only thing Edgewood co-coach Matt Rankin could do was encourage his players to do their best. The loss ended a two-game winning streak and left the Rams at 3-11.

For Fallston, which has outscored its foes by 97-4, senior Becky Silvestri and junior Courtney Benner came off the bench to score three goals apiece, followed by juniors Blasi and Jenny Cook, and freshman Amber Bradford with two apiece.

Bradford, a center halfback, and freshman Christy Peterson, a center fullback, the top two junior varsity players, were added to the varsity for the playoffs, and Bradford became the 19th player to score for the Cougars this season.

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