Mixed anew, Fallston seeks title again But No. 2 Arundel stands in way of Cougar rebound

Girls soccer

November 15, 1996|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

At the beginning of this fall, some people thought this would be the year for teams to strike back at perennial power Fallston.

The Cougars, who had dominated county and regional play in recent years, and been to three successive state tournaments, had graduated five senior starters and with them, 59 of their 88 goals. There was a question of mixing and matching to get the right combination.

Coach Nancy Ferguson mixed and matched well enough to guide the team to a 13-2-1 record, a No. 9 area ranking, and a berth in the Class 4A-3A state championship game. Fallston plays No. 2 Arundel (16-1) at 2: 30 p.m. tomorrow at Dundalk Community College.

Last Saturday, Fallston gained the final with a 2-0 win over Westminster. Arundel advanced by upsetting undefeated Bowie, 1-0.

The Cougars dominated every facet of their game with speed and quickness and had a 20-3 edge in shots. Arundel won on a goal by sophomore Becky Beardsley, the first score on goalkeeper Kristen Songer in 29 games over two years.

The title game will offer an experienced state team against one that is in the semifinals for the first time. The Harford County team sandwiched a 1994 championship around a pair of semifinal losses to 1993 titlist Loch Raven and 1995 co-champion Centennial.

For its last four seasons, Fallston has a 56-7-1 record, including a 32-game win streak that Centennial ended last year.

The Cougars dropped their season opener to John Carroll, then tied Liberty, but that was it, in terms of rebuilding. Since then the team has won 13 of 14 games, losing only to C. Milton Wright in a game that effectively settled the Harford County championship.

A 1-0 region-final win last week reversed the Wright loss.

A year ago, Ferguson started six juniors and sophomores, and all are back in the lineup. The leaders are senior midfielder Cindy Wolf with nine goals, five assists; junior forward Francesca Amasia, six goals, four assists; senior sweeper Jenn Cook, five goals, four assists; and sophomore midfielder Randi Falk, six goals, two assists. Sophomore goalkeeper Candy Kuligowski had nine shutouts.

Arundel's top scorers are sophomore Kelly Jordan, 21 goals, eight assists, and Polly Williams, five goals, eight assists. Goalkeeper Maria Drury has had an outstanding season, including a 13-save effort against Bowie.

Pub Date: 11/15/96

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