Defense sends Fallston past Walter Johnson, 1-0 No. 4 Cougars to play Northern-Calvert County

November 04, 1997|By John W. Stewart | John W. Stewart,SUN STAFF

Fallston, which had been living on the edge with two regional shootout victories last week, got one in regulation time yesterday, but it took a superb defensive effort to thwart offense-minded Walter Johnson, 1-0, in the state Class 3A semifinals at Goucher College.

The win sends the No. 4 Cougars (15-1) into the state finals, where they will play Northern-Calvert County (14-2) at Goucher Saturday at 2 p.m.

Completely outplayed by speedy Walter Johnson (13-3) in the first half, Fallston struck suddenly for its goal just two minutes, eight seconds after halftime.

A corner hit by Danielle Marconi went straight to Carrie Wirth at the edge of the circle. Teammate Kim Burton deflected Wirth's shot to Marconi, who drove the ball into the open left corner of the goal.

"That was my first goal of the year," Marconi said, "and it was with my old stick. I had been using a new stick since the start of the season, because the one I had been using was old and I wanted to change. At halftime, though, I switched back to the old one."

Thereafter, the longer the game went, the less spirited Walter Johnson appeared. "Their strength is their offense and midfield, but in the second half they weren't beating us to loose balls [as in the first half]," Fallston coach Alice Puckett said.

This was in sharp contrast to the Bethesda team's first half. It spent most of the segment in the Fallston end, but came away with only two major chances, one of which was disrupted by defender Burton. On the other, Tenaya Britton had an open shot, but the ball skimmed by just wide of the cage.

Ellie Miller, a Walter Johnson senior midfielder, said, "We were pumped; we dominated, but just couldn't get the shots in. The grass was longer than we're used to, and it took away our normal game. Ours is a fast game and we like to drive the ball."

Girls soccer

Franklin 2, Linganore 0: Behind Missy Farrell's two goals, the visiting Indians (11-3-1) advanced to the Class 2A-3A West Region finals. Rukmini McDonald had an assist for Franklin.

Liberty 4, Perry Hall 0: No. 2 Liberty (15-1-1) got two goals from sophomore Michelle Allen en route to a Class 3A-4A West victory over visiting Perry Hall (9-4-1), which received a strong defensive effort from Erica Russell, who shadowed Allen everywhere.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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