Fallston slips past Chesapeake in tense, sudden-death shootout 9-8 penalty-kick margin ends 3-hour, 1-1 match

Girls soccer

November 01, 1996|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The Fallston Cougars showed up at Chesapeake High School last night with a speedy offense, an effective passing game and more than enough tools to potentially turn the Class 4A-3A North region semifinal into a rout.

But in a game that, early on, seemed to have all the makings of a blowout, the host Cougars relied on a little defense and a lot of determination to turn it into a classic.

After going through regulation and two overtime periods tied, 1-1, No. 12 Fallston got a goal from Christy Peterson in the sixth-round of sudden-death penalty kicks to win, 9-8, in a game that lasted nearly three hours.

"It's about as thrilling as a game can get," said Chesapeake coach Lin Sullivan. "I wish there was a way that nobody could walk off a loser, because I certainly don't feel that my team was a loser tonight."

Fallston (10-2-1) advanced to Tuesday's Class 4A-3A regional final, where it will play host to the winner of tonight's game between No. 5 C. Milton Wright and Old Mill.

To get there, however, the Cougars had to survive 100 minutes of soccer that was as frustrating as it was exciting. They began the game by taking nine of the first 10 shots, and held a 13-7 advantage in that category through the second overtime.

But they only scored once, when Nicole McNeill won a scramble in front off the goal, giving her team a 1-0 lead with 7: 40 to play before intermission.

Chesapeake tied the game with 10: 30 to play in regulation. Krystal McIntyre found Melissa Garner alone in front of the net for the easy score.

After two scoreless 10-minute sudden-death overtimes, and a penalty-kick session that ended tied at five, the teams began sudden-death penalty kicks.

Ginny Jorde, Jamie Kittle and Corinne St. John each scored in succession for Chesapeake, but were countered by goals from Cindy Wolf, Andrea Markiewicz and Karen Tiedemann. After several misses by each side, Peterson scored the game-winner, beating goalkeeper Angie Zittle to her right to set off a wild celebration.

"It was so nerve-wracking at the end, but everyone was just holding everyone together," said Peterson. "We were practicing [penalty kicks] the other day, and I just learned you look one way and shoot the other way. I looked to the left and she dove to the left."

"We had several opportunities," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson. "I'm just glad we're moving on."

Boys soccer

South River 3, Northeast 1: Eric Mills earned a goal and an assist as host South River (4-9-1) defeated Northest (4-9-1) in a Class 2A East region semifinal. South River faces the winner of Stephan Decatur/Parkside Tuesday in Salisbury.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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