Fifth-ranked C. Milton Wright and No. 12 North Harford crammed most of their action into the second 10-minute overtime, then had to settle for a scoreless tie in Pylesville last night.
Each side had its chances in the final segment, but the back-line defenders and the goalkeepers were there to thwart every offensive threat. For the two overtime periods, North Harford (9-1-1, 4-1-1) had eight shots and Wright (8-0-1, 4-0-1), seven. For the game, Wright had a 27-18 shot margin.
Junior goalkeeper Jessica Colletta (North Harford) had 15 saves, three in the overtime, and her counterpart, Erica Slater (C.M. Wright), 10 saves, five in overtime. The latter is in her first Harford season after transferring from IND.
This was a bruising defensive struggle and the reason neither side could score was the defensive play of the opposition.
"They're physical and they step up to the ball," said North Harford's Amy Scotten of the Wright defenders, particularly senior Madeleine Thompson, junior Kristen Joel and sophomore Rachel Sappington, the tallest of the three and a force at sweeper.
North Harford controlled the play for much of the first half and Wright for much of the second, but as goalie Colletta said, "The longer it goes, the harder it becomes to score in a situation like this, the keepers usually get stronger and are more pumped up."
Colletta has played all 11 games for North Harford and has allowed only five goals, including both in the 2-0 loss at Bel Air last week.
Fallston 1, Bel Air 0: Fran Amasia scored off an assist from Chrissy Peregoy 31: 15 into the game as Fallston edged Bel Air. Cougars goalkeeper Candi Kuligowski made eight saves for the shutout.
Pub Date: 10/15/96