Fallston stalls St. Mary's, 10-7

April 05, 1995|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

After starting the year unranked, the St. Mary's Saints quickly became one of the hottest teams around with five straight wins to open the season.

Yesterday in Annapolis, however, the seventh-ranked Saints learned first-hand about a force from Harford County even hotter than they are.

Coming off back-to-back shutouts, Fallston goalie Jessi Russo again rose to the occasion, collecting 16 saves and thwarting numerous scoring chances as the visiting No. 11 Cougars held off St. Mary's, 10-7.

"She played an excellent game out there," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson, whose team improved to 3-0. "The girls know that they still have to work hard on defense, but if they screw up she's there to save them."

Russo said the fact that the Cougars were facing a team that had already beaten powerful Severna Park was a large motivating factor.

"We knew this was going to be one of our toughest games," said Russo. "It was the first real match we've had. I thought I played pretty well."

Her teammates on offense also got the job done.

Led by Jenny Webber (four goals), Kathleen Turk (three goals, one assist), Chris Bettenfeld (two goals) and Rachel Simon (three assists in the first half), Fallston ran out to a 6-2 lead by halftime and never looked back.

By controlling the ball at the offensive end, they took 21 of the first 30 shots, and beat the weary Saints.

"We were a little tired out there," said Saints coach Erika Mawhorr, whose team rallied in the second half to cut the lead to 8-6.

4 "Their goalie is the best we've run up against."

Freshman Kelli Thompson led the Saints (5-1) with three goals, while Meaghan O'Doherty added a goal and an assist.

Fallston players admit that having a hot goalie makes their job a little easier.

"Knowing that she can stop the ball makes you feel a lot better," said Turk. "Today she played a great game."

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