Arundel's championship dream run down by Fallston Wildcats fail to keep up with Cougars in 2-0 loss

4A-3A girls soccer

November 17, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

In the end, Arundel's stirring run for a state 4A-3A girls soccer championship simply ran out of steam against a well-drilled Fallston team yesterday at Dundalk Community College.

Slender sophomore Kelly Jordan was so tired in the second half that she was taken out of the game for a seven-minute rest with the Wildcats down by two goals.

Jordan returned with 9: 41 left in the game but there were no more miracles left in the girl who set Anne Arundel County soccer on fire this fall with 21 goals and eight assists for a team that had never won a county title or a regional playoff game.

The result was a 2-0 upset loss by the second-ranked Wildcats (16-2) to ninth-ranked Fallston (14-2-1), which captured its second state championship.

"I just couldn't run anymore," said Jordan. "The field was so big and the girl [Amber Bradford] who was marking me kept hitting me with her knee brace. After a while it started to hurt. There was nothing I could do about it. The officials let her play."

But Jordan perked up quickly, "I'm happy the way the whole season turned out. It's a good beginning for my career."

Jordan missed almost her entire freshman season when she broke her leg in the season-opener against South River.

The rest of the Arundel players also seemed a little sluggish at crunch time yesterday and coach Tom Degner tried to shake things up with liberal substitution.

However, nothing worked enough to produce two goals.

"I'm part of this loss as much as anybody on the team," said Degner. "Maybe I should have substituted differently. I had to move Kelly [Jordan] back to midfield to help us there and that forced her to do a lot of running and after a while she couldn't go anymore."

Degner said Jordan "had a tremendous year for us. She scored a whole slew of goals, but today I think Fallston was well-prepared for us and was a mentally strong team. Sometimes the mental approach is more important than the physical. I think we were in awe of them for a while today."

Fallston broke on top, 1-0, on a beautiful goal that was produced by Karen Tiedemann and Jenny Kardash with 17: 57 left in the first half.

Kardash crossed the ball right to Tiedemann at the far post and she deposited it into the net from 4 yards out.

The Cougars made it 2-0 midway through the second half when Nicole McNeill punched the ball in the goal from 15 yards out on a rebound of a corner kick by Tiedemann.

In addition to the play by Bradford on Jordan, Fallston was helped immensely by sweeper Jenn Cook's performance.

Cook blasted several balls out of trouble all afternoon whenever the Wildcats tried to strike.

Arundel, which was outshot, 12-4, had two excellent scoring chances in the second half but couldn't capitalize either time.

First, Jill Jones hit the post in the opening minutes of the half off a nice pass from Jordan and then Polly Williams couldn't score from point-blank range on Fallston goalkeeper Candy Kuligowski with 17: 24 remaining in the game.

When Williams kicked the ball at Kuligowski's feet and couldn't score, the whole Arundel team seemed flattened by it.

Fallston sensed the despair and began attacking the goal at will only to be turned back by Arundel keeper Maria Drury who made some spectacular saves to prevent a possible 4-0 defeat.

Drury finished with nine saves.

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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