Centennial stuns No. 1 Fallston, breaking 32-game win streak

November 11, 1995|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

When a brief but colorful fireworks display near the end of the game disappeared so did Fallston's hopes of advancing in the Class 3A-4A playoffs.

Centennial (13-3-1) stunned previously unbeaten Fallston with a goal midway of the first half, and held on for a 1-0 victory in a semifinal matchup at Catonsville Community College last night.

The Eagles will play Severna Park (16-1-1), a 2-0 victor over Bowie, for the state title Friday night at North County High School.

No. 4 Centennial started the season with two losses, but has played very well down the stretch.

Against the top-ranked Cougars (15-1), who had a winning streak snapped at 32, and who had won a 1A-2A title a year ago, Centennial capitalized on what was realistically its best scoring chance.

Forward Jane Williams, one of three freshman starters for coach Dave Greenberg, put Fallston behind for the first time this season with 18 minutes left in the half.

Alexia Vogler, a freshman halfback, set up the play when she took the ball down the right side and got it through in the offensive end. When a defender went toward her, Williams filled the open space.

She banged a shot past diving goalkeeper Emily Weibel and the ball and, as it developed, the outcome of the game, settled into the far left corner of the net.

In building an 88-2 margin in goals scored this year, the only other players to score against Weibel, a two-year starter, were Ginny Dye of Oakland Mills (got a 1-1 tie, before Fallston won, 2-1) and Erin Lesh of C. Milton Wright (Fallston led 2-0 before winning, 2-1).

Fallston had several sustained assaults on the Eagles' defense, but the players were able to protect the goal. The Cougars ended with 12 shots to 10 for Centennial and each keeper had eight saves.

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