The field, which had taken a lot of punishment in the last 10 days, came up mud. Fallston's sprinters, however, proved more than equal to the task of battling the heavy going, as well as visiting Dulaney during the Class 3A-4A North regional championship game yesterday.
Courtney Benner and Beth Blasi, top-ranked Fallston's scoring stars, each had a goal in the first half, and they stood up for a 2-0 victory over the No. 5 Lions (13-2-1).
The win sends Fallston (15-0, 32-0 over two years) to the state semifinals, where it will play No. 4 Centennial (12-3-1) tonight (7:30) at Catonsville Community College. The other semifinal will pair Bowie and No. 3 Severna Park (14-1-1) at 5.
Fallston, whose passing game worked well all day despite the treacherous footing, narrowly missed on several scoring chances in the first 25 minutes, before getting on the scoreboard. Benner deposited her team-high 24th goal in the net off a cross from Blasi on the wing.
Nearly 10 minutes later, it was Jenny Kardsh who got the ball from the wing into the middle, and this time, Blasi was able to touch it twice in working free of a defender for a 15-yard shot into the upper right corner of the net.
That was more than enough offense, and the defense, with most
of the work being done by the midfielders, took charge. Dulaney did not threaten often and finished with just five shots. Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson was able to substitute for most of her regulars in the second half.
When it was over, the Cougars had taken 27 shots, and hard-working goalkeeper Trish Dgbrowski had done her best to keep her side in it with 17 saves.
"We didn't go to the ball, and it seemed like they were winning the 50-50 chances," said Dgbrowski..