Wright clinches in style by foiling Fallston, 5-1

Needing only tie, Mustangs firmly grasp Harford title

Girls soccer

October 21, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

The C. Milton Wright girls soccer team could have clinched the Harford County championship with a tie last night against second-place Fallston, but that was clearly not the result the Mustangs were after.

Attacking from the outset, No. 14 and host C. Milton Wright scored just over two minutes into the game and never stopped pressuring the Cougars on their way to a 5-1 victory.

The Mustangs, who improved to 7-1-2 and secured the league title with a 7-0 county record, got two goals and an assist from junior forward Christine Nicewonger and a goal and an assist from senior midfielder Nicole Hays.

Fallston (8-3-2, 5-1-1) may see the Mustangs again in the Class 3A North playoffs.

"We definitely didn't want a tie," said Nicewonger. "We wanted to prove that we could win this."

Added Hays: "We needed a win. Fallston is a big rival and this was a pride thing."

The Mustangs' urgency showed early as freshman midfielder Kelly Scheler beat Cougars goalie Kendie Bauer to a ball in the box and scored just 2:21 into the contest.

"I think we were ready to play, but indecisiveness in the back took us out of the game early," said Fallston coach Vern Brown.

It got worse for the Cougars, who watched Hays mishit a cross from the left side of the field. The ball, which Hays said was intended for the head of Mustangs forward Kadie Stamper, instead kept traveling toward the far post, took a big bounce and wound up in the net for a 2-0 C. Milton Wright lead at the 25:12 mark.

"I guess it's whatever gets up on the scoreboard," said an almost apologetic Hays.

Fallston answered just over a minute later as its leading scorer, Brianna Yapps, broke free for a breakaway and beat sophomore goalie Katie Kolb.

However, the Cougars' momentum didn't last. Working on the right side, Hays sent a cross into the box and Nicewonger volleyed it in to give the Mustangs a 3-1 lead 19:03 before halftime.

Nicewonger and Stamper did add second-half goals, but the 3-1 halftime lead would've been plenty for Kolb, who made 14 saves, including two punchouts of Emily Saltsman corner kicks.

Playing without starters Sarah Gallion and Gina Maranto, who were both injured, the Mustangs' defense got Sarah Willis and Kelsey Diller to fill in successfully alongside Kristin Pickelsimer, Stacey Spilman and Erin Rawlick.

And when sweeper Rawlick, who was having a standout game, went down with an injury, midfielder Christina Knight dropped back.

"We said in the beginning that we are a deep team," Mustangs coach Paul Austin said, "and we showed that tonight."

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