Fallston scrambles past Key, 1-0 Cougars' first-half goal stands up to Eagles' rally

Field hockey

September 24, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Over the past few years, Fallston and Francis Scott Key have developed one of the best non-conference rivalries in local field hockey.

Entering play yesterday, four of their past five annual meetings had ended in overtime.

In their latest tangle, however, Cougars senior Diana Ordes wasted little time in making sure that scenario wouldn't happen again.

Ordes scored off an assist from Kate Simon with 15: 41 left in the first half, and host No. 6 Fallston held off the fourth-ranked Eagles' late offensive surge en route to a 1-0 win in a matchup of state finalists.

After watching her team dominate play for the first 15 minutes, Cougars coach Alice Puckett had to hold her breath as Key wrestled away control of the game.

The Eagles (4-2) outshot Fallston, 14-7, but couldn't get one past goalie Ashley Staples, as the Cougars (4-1) recorded their first shutout in five games this season.

"For the first 15 minutes I felt really good about what was happening out there," Puckett said. "We couldn't get anything going in the second half. We really kind of stalled on the left side, and I think that's a tribute to them."

For Francis Scott Key coach Mindi Wagner, there was little heartache following the game. She said that about the only thing her team failed to do was score.

"We played very well," Wagner said. "I think once we got past their forwards and their link, we pretty much dominated in our offensive circle. We had our opportunities. We had more shots and more penalty corners, but they had more goals."

The lone goal occurred midway through the first half. Moments after a failed corner, Ordes took a pass from Simon near the top of the circle and beat goalie Becky Arnold.

"Kate's back was to the goal and she just dished it off to me," Ordes said. "I brought it in a little and just shot it."

The Eagles did find the back of the cage twice, but had both goals disallowed because of shots that came from outside the circle. Still, they had several legitimate chances to score, including Stephanie Lawrence's shot that rolled just wide left with under a minute to play.

Wagner said that getting nosed out by the defending Class 3A co-state champions was no reason to get upset.

Said Wagner: "When you play a team like Fallston and you lose 1-0, and you see the caliber of field hockey that's being played now -- I mean, how can you go away disappointed."

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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