Fallston advances to state semifinals

Browning scores winner in 2-1 win over Towson

Class 3A North field hockey

High Schools

October 31, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

Thanks to Krissy Browning's second game-winning goal of the week, the Fallston field hockey team is back in familiar territory.

A 2-1 victory in the Class 3A North regional final over No. 10 Towson, assured on Browning's tip-in goal with 18:52 to play, sent the top-ranked and host Cougars to the state semifinals for the 10th time in the past 11 years.

Awaiting the Cougars is Class 3A West champ Bethesda-Chevy Chase, the Montgomery County power which has won a state-record nine consecutive state crowns.

That game, which is scheduled for Monday at 2:45 p.m. at Centennial, will pit teams with 21 state titles between them.

"I'm excited about it," said Fallston coach Alice Puckett, whose Cougars have won nine state crowns in her 21 years as head coach. "It's a good opportunity for us to play against a team with the prestige and the titles that come with [Bethesda-Chevy Chase]."

Fallston (15-1-1) used a dominating effort from its midfield. Danielle Krimm, Lisa Shockley, Kim Ziegler and Asheleigh Shifflett all had stellar games, winning balls in the midfield and thwarting the Generals' attack, and Browning continued to show a knack of being in the right place at the right time.

After scoring the game-winning goal against C. Milton Wright on Tuesday, Browning, stationed along the Generals' goal line, beat Towson goalie Maya Yacoub (six saves) on a play that started with Shockley's drive off a penalty corner.

The Cougars scored just a minute and a half into the game, when Ziegler fired a shot into the open side of the Towson goal.

"We started off shaky, to say the least, and by the time we got our act together, we were a goal down," said Generals coach Holly West.

Towson (11-5-1) tied it 9:35 before halftime, as junior Jess Firey scored, but Browning would have the final say.

"When they scored, it hurt," said Krimm. "We just knew it was now or never."

Glenelg 3, North Harford 0: The No. 11 Gladiators won the Class 2A South region title by defeating visiting North Harford.

It was the Howard County champions' 13th shutout. Glenelg has outscored its opposition, 78-4.

Glenelg (15-1-1) will play Rising Sun, a 2-1 winner over North East, in the state semifinals Monday at 2:45 p.m. at Severna Park.

No. 8 Dulaney 3, Perry Hall 0: The Lions allowed only three shots by visiting Perry Hall and got goals from their two leading scorers in the first half to capture the 4A North title and advance to Wednesday's state semifinal against the Quince Orchard, a 2-0 winner over Damascus.

Dulaney coach Karen Casperite asked her team to score early and the Lions (15-2) obliged. Senior Greta Ostheller got the Lions on the board with 18:55 remaining in the first half. Kelly Watts made it 2-0 nearly 14 minutes later and junior Alli Evans scored Dulaney's final goal with less than 11 minutes to play in the second half.

No. 6 Hereford 7, Pikesville 0: The Bulls exploded for seven second-half goals and recorded their fourth shutout in as many games to move on to claim the class 2A North title.

Hereford (15-1-1) took just 90 seconds in the second half to grab the lead after a scoreless first half in which Pikesville's Lindsy Massuda made 11 saves. The Bulls, who are unbeaten in 15 straight, poured it on from there.

Poolesville 5, Loch Raven 0: The defending Class 1A South champions ran up a 4-0 halftime lead en route to the shutout victory over the visiting Raiders (9-5).

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