Bethesda-CC gets best of Fallston in first meeting, 3-1

Early missed chances doom No. 1 Cougars in loss to fellow state power

Class 3A field hockey semifinals

High Schools

November 04, 2003|By Jeff Zrebiec | Jeff Zrebiec,SUN STAFF

For years, Fallston field hockey coach Alice Puckett has admired Bethesda-Chevy Chase's success from afar.

But yesterday, in the first meeting between two of the state's most successful programs, Puckett got a firsthand look at just how good the Montgomery County team can be.

Fallston had its chances yesterday, but its failure to convert on a series of opportunities early spelled doom for the top-ranked Cougars in a 3-1 loss to the talented Barons in the Class 3A semifinals at Centennial.

Bidding to extend their record run of nine consecutive state titles, the Barons (15-1), the 3A West champs, will play Severna Park on Saturday in College Park for the 3A title.

Severna Park, which beat Calvert, 4-0, yesterday, has 13 state titles; Bethesda has 12.

Meanwhile, Fallston, the Harford County and Class 3A North champion, ended its season at 15-2-1.

"All through regionals, we knew it was going to be B-CC that we played," said Fallston senior Kim Ziegler. "We looked at them like they were the best team out there and we were definitely ready for them, but it just didn't happen."

The Barons were simply too strong, as senior forward Sam Riley, who will play next year at Maryland, scored in each half and senior goalie Lizzie Gold- blatt backed a solid defensive effort with seven saves.

Goldblatt had five saves in the first half and was the main reason the Barons went into intermission leading 1-0 despite being outshot 7-1 and facing seven penalty corners to their two.

Normally effective on corners, the Cougars had four in a row at one point in the first half but couldn't convert.

"It would've been uplifting for the second half to get one instead of having so many chances and still being down," said Puckett, whose team had 11 corners to Bethesda's four, but the Barons scored on two of theirs.

The Barons went up 2-0 on a controversial goal by Riley at the 16:58 mark of the second half.

Bethesda took several shots at Maddie Goetz (four saves) and the Cougars thought they had stopped the last one short of the goal line, but after both officials conferred, a goal was signaled.

Fallston protested mildly, but it didn't matter as the Barons tacked on another goal on a great shot by Bethany Martin with 5:05 to play.

Bethesda coach Amy Wood, who grew up in Harford County and played at Aberdeen High, was impressed with the Cougars.

"They had a nice passing game, better than any team we played this year," said West, whose team beat Towson in the 2A state finals last year. "Alice has built a dynamo over there and their kids played with a lot of class and right to the end."

When you have won nine state titles as Fallston has, moral victories usually don't come into play, but the Cougars did gain some satisfaction on Lisa Shockley's goal, off a Ziegler assist, with a little more than two minutes to play.

"We like to go as long as we can go, practice until a day before the finals so we can have some closure," Puckett said. "There's no closure in playoffs when you lose. But I'm proud of them. They are a great group of kids."

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