Fallston girls find formula, earn at least share of title

One more win will give soccer team crown outright


October 18, 2001|By Katherine Dunn | By Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

For the first time in four years, Fallston's girls soccer team has clinched at least a share of the Harford County championship.

The Cougars earned their slice of the title with yesterday's 5-0 victory over Edgewood. If they can beat Joppatowne on Monday, they will claim the title outright.

However, Fallston's biggest wins came earlier in the season. The Cougars (6-2-1, 6-0 county) shut out all of three of the other contenders - defending champ Bel Air, North Harford and then C. Milton Wright, 2-0, on Monday.

"First, we beat North Harford and they were ranked. Then we beat Bel Air and that gave us a lot of confidence," said Cougars senior Erin Kinnear. "We knew if we gave it our all, we could beat C. Milton Wright, and we did. It's amazing to see all that progress and the team come together and jell."

Second-year coach Vern Brown agreed that the team's success is a matter of chemistry.

"We've had an infusion of youth with a core of kids who have been with us for a while," said Brown, "and the chemistry has really come along."

With only three seniors in the starting lineup, the Cougars have relied heavily on the defensive unit of Jessica Kramer, Justine Smith, Lindsay Daras, Jenny Welsh and goalies Lauren Goodman and Kendie Bauer as well as midfielders Brittany Strasduakas, Teresa Amasia and Kelly Mannion.

Offensively, the Cougars have thwarted opposing defenses with a balanced attack. Brianna Yapps leads the team with five goals, but Kinnear and Emily Saltsman have four each. Liz Peregoy has three.

The Cougars face perhaps their biggest test Wednesday when they play host to No. 3 John Carroll at 7 p.m. "We really don't have any expectations about John Carroll or about regionals," said Kinnear, "but we didn't have any expectations about counties and this worked out wonderfully."

City soccer final set

Western will play host to defending champion City College in the first Baltimore City girls soccer championship game this afternoon at 3 p.m.

Previously, the team that completed its city league schedule with the best record became the city champ, and that caused some confusion last week.

However, city schools officials had decided more than a year ago to implement a city championship game for the first time this fall.

The Doves and City, who split their two regular-season meetings, finished with 6-1-1 league records. The Doves' 2-1 edge in head-to-head goal differential, which would have given them the title a year ago, simply gave them the right to host today's game.

Badminton star

Franklin's Dewang Shavdia has gone 29-1 over the last two years and remains favored to repeat as Baltimore County boys badminton champion despite dropping a match on Monday.

Shavdia, a senior who carries a 4.0 grade-point average, had won 28 straight matches before he fell against Dulaney. He rebounded from the loss with a victory at Catonsville yesterday.

The Indians (11-1) also remain in first place in Division I despite suffering their first loss, 6-5, to Dulaney. The Indians rebounded to beat Catonsville, 8-3, and have two matches left before the county team finals Oct. 30.

Franklin's mixed doubles duo Courtney Godwin and Simeon Harrar remain unbeaten at 12-0.

McPherson gets 250th

Loch Raven volleyball coach Carol McPherson won her 250th career match last night when her No. 14 Raiders defeated Parkville.

In her 23rd year of coaching the Raiders, McPherson's career record stands at 250-69. She has guided the Raiders to three state championships and six county titles.

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