Fallston keeps title hopes alive, 1-0

Field hockey

High Schools

October 14, 2004|By Mary Beth Kozak | Mary Beth Kozak,SUN STAFF

Fallston and C. Milton Wright approached yesterday's field hockey meeting as a must-win situation.

The Cougars needed the victory to stay in the running for the Chesapeake Division championship in the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference, and the host Mustangs needed their first win in the division to avoid a tie for last place.

Though the Mustangs dominated the first half and most of the second, it was the Cougars who came away with a 1-0 win.

Lindsey Mueller tipped in a shot from Allison Fogarty on a penalty corner with 2:25 remaining in regulation to hand C. Milton Wright its fifth loss of the season.

"It's just amazing," Mueller said. "I wish we'd scored earlier because it was so intense the whole game."

Mueller also scored the game-winning goal against the Mustangs last year in a 1-0 Fallston victory.

Yesterday's game put the skills of two of the best midfielders in the county on display. The Cougars' Ashleigh Shifflett and the Mustangs' Laura Schnell led their teams throughout.

"They have two totally different styles," said Cougars coach Alice Puckett. "Laura is the finesse player and Ashleigh is the gutsy, whatever-it-takes player."

Schnell had both of the Mustangs' best chances. In the first half, she just missed getting a goal on a lift in front of the net, the shot being blocked by Cougars goalie Maddie Goetz.

In the second half, Schnell's solid shot was stopped by another C. Milton Wright goalie, Sam Novak.

It was Shifflett's smooth transition play and defense on corners that kept the Cougars in the game.

Fallston (8-4) is 4-1 in the division and will face undefeated North East on Monday for the division title.

The Mustangs (5-5-1, 0-3-1) will play Bel Air on Monday and must win to secure a spot in the Chesapeake Division for next season. If they finish in last place, they will move down to the Susquehanna Division.

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