Fallston cruises past La Plata, advances to 3A title game 2-0 victory puts Cougars in their 4th straight final

Field hockey

November 05, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Fallston charged into a state championship game for the fourth straight year when it scored twice in the second half to thwart La Plata, 2-0, in a Class 3A semifinal game at Goucher Colege yesterday.

The Cougars, who lost to Centennial last year after two straight titles, will play Magruder for the title at 11: 30 a.m. Saturday.

Carrie Wirth and Meagan Fuller accounted for the Fallston goals, as the area's fourth-ranked team (14-1-1) made good on two of its three shots against junior goalkeeper Nicole Downs. The loss ended an eight-game winning streak for the Warriors (14-2).

Katie Stern set up the first score off a penalty corner. The ball went to Wirth near the head of the circle, and she stuck it in the cage before Downs could react.

"There was a girl on me, and the ball seemed to go from my stick to hers and back to mine. I just tried to get off the shot," Wirth said.

"I think we had the jitters. In the second half, we were much more determined."

Said Kate Simon, "They kept pressure on the ball. I know everywhere I turned, there'd be a player. The longer we played, though, the more used to it we became, and I think we did a better job in the second half."

La Plata coach Teresa Getgen would be the first to agree. "In that first half, we didn't capitalize on our opportunities, and in the second half, we didn't come out and play our game."

Unlike last year's passive effort in a 2-0 loss to Fallston, La Plata dominated the half and, led by back Sandra Lancaster, disrupted the Cougars' transition game.

Wirth's goal came five minutes into the second half, and Fuller's with five minutes left. Diana Ordes pushed the ball ahead from outside the circle and Fuller completed the play with a strong shot past Downs.

Pub Date: 11/05/96

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