Bel Air tops No. 13 Fallston, 2-0, for 6th in row

Bobcats turn back rival behind Bolling's goals

Girls soccer

High schools

October 03, 2002|By Sam Atkinson | Sam Atkinson,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

The heated rivalry between Bel Air and No. 13 Fallston was renewed last night in a Harford County girls soccer match in which the Bobcats upset the defending county champions, 2-0.

"I wanted to beat them. I thought we had the talent to do it, person-to-person," said Bel Air head coach Bill Zimmerman. "We matched up well against them."

Sophomore Ashley Bolling stepped up for Bel Air (7-2), scoring both goals, one in each half, to extend her team's winning streak to six games. Fallston (2-3-1) dropped its second game in county play in a week as the Bobcats outshot them, 25-13.

The proximity of the schools added emotion to a physical game. The Cougars accumulated two yellow cards while the Bobcats were handed a yellow and a red. The teams combined for 28 fouls.

"It's always physical. It's a good, local, strong rivalry where they've had their run and we've had our run," said Fallston coach Vern Brown. "It's just a storied, historical game. Keeping that in mind, it's going to be physical; it's going to get emotional.

"They all know each other and it's going to be a backyard brawl every single time."

Bel Air got on the scoreboard when senior Colby Bugda sent a nice pass down the far sideline to Bolling, who sent the ball toward the wide-open, left side of the goal.

Bel Air kept the pressure on the Cougars and junior goalkeeper Kendie Bauer (11 saves) for most of the half until Fallston had a shot on a fast-break opportunity sail wide right of the Bobcats' goal.

"I didn't think we were in trouble [falling behind early] because I think we got the better of the play," Brown said. "We played our game; we kept the ball on the ground. It just comes down to finishing. We just couldn't finish."

Bel Air took the 1-0 lead into halftime.

The Bobcats kept up their intensity in the second half. Bolling scored her second goal unassisted, beating Cougars defender Brittany Strasdauskas to the ball to the left of the box and ripping a shot pass Bauer into the right corner of the net.

This was also considered a grudge match of sorts because Fallston defeated Bel Air, 1-0, last season to end a four-year Harford County championship run by the Bobcats.

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