Fallston defeats Bowie, gets chance to repeat Cougars win, 2-1, to face T. Johnson for 3A/4A title

November 11, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Luck was clearly on the side of defending state champion Fallston last night at Severna Park High in Anne Arundel County in the 3A/4A semifinals. The Cougars earned a shot at an encore with a 2-1 victory over Bowie of Prince Georges County.

The No. 4-ranked Cougars (15-3) will go after their third state championship since 1994 Saturday at Dundalk Community College against Thomas Johnson (17-1-1) of Frederick, a 1-0 victor over No. 5 Severna Park in the other semifinal.

After a scoreless first half in the first game, junior Randi Falk scored four minutes into the second 40 minutes for a 1-0 Fallston lead and everything went the Cougars' way the remainder of the game, save for Bowie's lone goal.

"Franny [Francesca Amasia] crossed it and it went through Nicole McNeill's legs and I just walked up and kicked it in, " said Falk, describing the first goal.

Midway through the second half, Bowie (11-4-1), playing with only three seniors, got off a couple of just-misses that Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson said showed that "luck was on our side and somebody was looking out for us."

An even bigger break came for the Cougars with 8: 14 left when Bowie goalkeeper Christine Tudja (12 saves) was yellow-carded for rough play in front of the net and was removed.

Replacement keeper Kristen Songer didn't have a chance as Jen Schuerholz delivered a penalty kick for a 2-0 Fallston lead.

"There was no reason for that, you've got to play composed and she lost it, " said Ferguson, describing the odd yellow card that resulted in the game-winning goal.

T. Johnson 1, Severna Pk. 0

Making its 11th appearance in the state final four since 1983, four-time state champion Severna Park (13-4-2) was limited to just four shots. Johnson sophomore Katie Roberts scored the game's only goal off a three-on-two break in the 34th minute.

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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