Peterson gives Fallston penalty-kick victory 9-8 sudden-death margin ends 3-hour, 1-1 match

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 produce 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."

Fallston (10-2-1) advanced to Tuesday's 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 took nine of the game's first 10 shots.

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

Melissa Garner tied the game for Chesapeake with 10: 30 to play in regulation.

During the sudden-death penalty-kick phase, 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, Peterson scored the game-winner.

Bel Air 3, Patapsco 2: Kathy Holmes scored in the sudden-death shootout to break a 2-2 tie, giving the Bobcats (10-4) a Class 3A-2A East semifinal win over visiting Patapsco. Amy Foote scored twice for the Patriots.

Boys soccer

Patterson 5, Mervo 0: Junior striker Guillermo Pineda scored three goals as the Clippers (11-0-1) advanced to the Class 4A North regional finals.

Bel Air 1, Fallston 0: Don Maney's goal with 14 minutes left gave the host Bobcats (12-2-1) a Class 3A North semifinal win.

Greater Grace 1, Perry Hall Christian 0: Justin Schaller scored the game's only goal 19 minutes in to give host Greater Grace (11-3-1) its first Maryland Christian Athletic League title.

Pub Date: 11/01/96

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