C.M. Wright's victory means share of crown Rumbley scores only goal in 1-0 win over Fallston

Harford title split 3 ways

October 16, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The C. Milton Wright team spent most of last night watching No. 4-ranked Fallston fire shots on goal. In the end, however, the Mustangs proved that it's quality, rather than quantity, that counts most.

Despite being out-shot 13-4, the Mustangs scored the game's only goal on Dawn Rumbley's floater with 15: 18 left to play, giving them a 1-0 win in a pivotal Harford County League game.

The win gave C. Milton Wright (9-1-2 overall, 6-1 in the league) a share of the county championship with Fallston. A little while later, Bel Air defeated North Harford, 2-0, to make the championship a three-way affair.

What's more, the C.M. Wright win avenged last year's 1-0 loss to the Cougars in the regional final and came on the heels of Monday's 1-0 loss to Bel Air.

"It's a big win for us," said Mustangs coach Peter Griffiths. "Fallston's a quality team, and I wouldn't be surprised if we meet again in the regionals."

Said Rumbley: "We were really disappointed after losing to Bel Air, so we wanted to win this one."

Though Fallston (11-3, 6-1) had the vast majority of shots, the Cougars had numerous attempts either roll wide or fall into the arms of Wright goalie Erica Slater.

"We couldn't finish," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson.

Fallston stayed on the offensive for most of the first half, out-shooting the Mustangs 7-0. Their best chance came 22: 53 into the game, when Christy Peterson's bouncing shot from 15 yards out rolled inches wide to the left.

Peterson had another shot roll just wide early in the second half, and Fran Amasia's bullet from 20 yards out sailed wide right with 26: 40 to play.

The decisive goal came midway through the second half, when Ally Slater got the ball in the Fallston end and pushed it ahead to Rumbley. The junior gained control with a header, and fired a shot over the outstretched arm of goalie Candi Kuligowski.

Griffiths, who stressed the importance of winning 50-50 balls prior to the game, said that ultimately was the difference.

"I thought it was a little bit of an unsettled situation," Griffiths said of the game-wining play. It was a 50-50 ball, and we won it."

Bel Air 2, North Harford 0: Becca Jones scored two second-half goals to lift the host Bobcats (9-4) to a Harford County League win over the Hawks (5-4). Bel Air outshot North Harford, 15-1.

Pub Date: 10/16/97

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