Foley's goal lifts Fallston over N. Carroll in 2nd OT

November 08, 1994|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,Sun Staff Writer

North Carroll and Fallston have scrimmaged in recent preseason contests, and since each is perennially strong and the coaches have high regard for each other, they use it as a gauge as to how well their seasons will go.

Right now, Fallston's is still going.

The No. 2-ranked Cougars squeezed out a 1-0 double-overtime victory in a Class 2A North state semifinal game at Goucher College yesterday, around the time both coaches were looking around and thinking about whom they would use in what appeared to be an impending shootout.

Three minutes into the second 10-minute overtime, Fallston put the ball in play from deep in the right corner, Nicole Taylor getting it out to Stacey French. Her cross, away from players clustered in front of the cage, found Lauren Foley on the left post and she deposited the ball past goalkeeper Becky Bosley, who made a valiant effort to get to it.

The victory sends Fallston (15-0), the defending Class 2A champion, into the title game Saturday at Goucher. It will meet Elkton (a team it defeated in the final regular-season game, 2-0), a 2-1 winner over Pikesville.

For 73 minutes, both teams had trouble trying to finish off scoring chances, as most of the battle was waged between the circles. It put a premium on the skills of each side's links -- seniors Beth Moore and Jill Ballard for North Carroll and juniors Rachel Simon and Carrie Grable for Fallston.

North Carroll (10-4-1) appeared to pick up the intensity in its level of play during the second half and into the overtime. "I thought we had a good shot at it in the overtime, but we couldn't capitalize," coach Denean Koontz said.

For North Carroll, it was a tough way to go. The team had lost in the regionals the last two years, and once over that hump, and with nine seniors in the starting lineup, there was reason to believe it could keep going.

The Panthers were not a high-scoring team (25 goals, as opposed to Fallston's 44), and against an opponent such as Fallston, it needed to take advantage of its chances. A Cougars defense, sparked by Kathleen Turk, Julie Haire, Kathleen Turk and Katie Wirth, kept North Carroll at bay, and keeper Julie Clark ended with four saves.

At the other end, the Carroll County school was equally stingy with its defense, as Mary Ann Oldani, Jen Richards and Rachel Hare thwarted the Fallston attack.

Carrie Grable of Fallston may have saved her side from defeat in the first overtime when she raced back from the offensive end to knock the ball aside in a potential scoring situation for the Panthers. "She saved us," Wirth said. "She's never tired, and if she hadn't worked that hard, we wouldn't have gone to a second overtime."

Fallston coach Alice Puckett said, "The thing with North Carroll is they always have speed and breakaway potential. Those are the teams that worry a coach."

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