No. 2 Fallston too much for pesky Liberty, 3-2

November 13, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Late in the first half it became apparent the Fallston Cougars had too much size and talent for a determined Liberty team to overcome in yesterday's Class 1A-2A state semifinals.

It was equally apparent late in the second half just how much heart the Liberty Lions have.

The No. 2 Cougars (16-0) took control with two goals within a five-minute span late in the first half and added another early in the second half. The second-half score proved to be the difference as the No. 9 Lions (13-3) rallied with two late goals before running out of time and falling, 3-2.

The Cougars advance to the state finals Friday to take on Oakland Mills at North County High. Fallston defeated Oakland Mills, 3-0, early in the regular season.

"The kids played well. It was important to get started early and we did," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson.

The wealth of talent Fallston enjoys up front was simply too much for the Liberty defense to handle.

Junior Courtney Benner (17 goals, eight assists) gave the Cougars a 1-0 lead with 10 minutes left in the half, tapping home a Beth Blasi shot that hit the post.

Blasi (17 goals, 12 assists) made it 2-0 with 4:50 left after collecting a through ball from Jenny Weber and firing a shot from 15 yards out that found the lower left corner.

The Cougars scored what proved to be the game-winner 10 minutes into the second half when Weber (nine goals, six assists) scored off a rebound from in close after Liberty goalie Angi Primavera made the original save.

"They have a very explosive team," said Liberty coach Chuck Martin. "They were very talented and very fast and came to the ball on all occasions. They just beat us to the ball in the first half."

The Lions, who came in winners of their last 11, never surrendered and made it close when Shanna Ziegenfuss scored two goals late. The first came with 10:26 left and her 24th of the season came with under two minutes to play. The Lions had other chances late -- particularly Brigit Becker's shot that hit the post just before Ziegenfuss' first goal -- but simply started their rally too late.

"I was pleased we didn't give up," Martin said. "We just ran out of clock, hit too many posts and had some bad luck. That's not taking anything away from Fallston, they have a great team."

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