Faulkner's late goal upsets McDonogh, 1-0

No. 7 Pallotti beats No. 3 with 4:28 left

Fall sports

September 29, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,Sun Reporter

The play started innocently enough, with Pallotti senior forward Annesia Faulkner controlling a throw-in along the goal line near the left corner flag at McDonogh yesterday.

Then quickly, with a juke here and sidestep there, Faulkner was able to tightrope the end line to give herself just enough space and, for the 94th time in her four-year career at Pallotti, she put the ball in the back of the net.

This goal - coming with 4:28 remaining in the second half - not only gave the No. 7 Panthers a 1-0 upset over the No. 3 Eagles, but it also further stated their case as a team to be reckoned with in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference.

Pallotti improves to 9-0 for the season and 5-0 in the IAAM, while the Eagles (8-2-1) fall to 4-1 in league play.

"It was getting down to the wire and I just knew I didn't want to walk out of here with a loss. I just went in and cut through and kind of put it in the low corner because I knew [McDonogh goalie Julia Schreiber] had been getting to the high balls," said Faulkner, a second-team All-Metro selection last fall. "They beat us last year, 4-1, and my sophomore year they slaughtered us, 8-1. So this was a big win for us. It felt really good."

The visiting Panthers controlled play in the first half with the wind in their favor, but they couldn't finish off any chances. On their heels for good chunks of the second half, they were able to fend off the Eagles. The home team's best chance came 12 minutes in when sophomore Colby Rhea clanked a shot off the top crossbar from 8 yards. That left it up to Faulkner to win it.

"You can't underestimate having a player like her on the field," said Pallotti coach Mike Vawter. "She's just so confident. When she gets in the box, she's calm and knows what to do."

Junior goalie Amanda Carta had five saves for the Panthers, who also got two-way play from defender Jazzmine Chandler. The Eagles got strong play in back from Ali Brennan, creative work from midfielder Gigi Mangione, and some fine play down the wing from Megan Gibbons.

Girls volleyball

No. 1 Centennial 3, No. 14 Mount Hebron 2 -- The visiting Eagles (5-0) fought back from a two-game deficit (23-25, 22-25) to beat the upset-minded Vikings (4-2) in three games, 25-14, 27-25, 15-5. Tehya Mockapetris (19 kills, 11 digs, 5 aces) and Michele Grosso (11 kills, 7 aces, 5 digs, one block) helped spark Centennial's offense against its Howard County rivals.

Field hockey

No. 2 South River 3, No. 10 Chesapeake-AA 1 -- In a game cut short by lightning with 4:36 to go, the visiting Seahawks thwarted the upset bid with penalty corner goals from Molly Gregoire and Abigail McNair in the final 15 minutes. Melissa Bierley gave the Seahawks the lead two minutes into the game, but Cougars forward Lauren Gottlieb tied it early in the second half. The tie, however, lasted only a minute and a half until Gregoire scored on a corner pass from Casey Disharoon to take the lead for good with 19:17 left. "They kind of creeped up on us and we weren't expecting it, but we picked it up. We played better as a team and we just played our game," said Gregoire, who also assisted on McNair's insurance goal six minutes later. The defending state Class 4A champion Seahawks, who have fallen only to No. 1 Severna Park, improved to 6-1 overall and 4-1 against Anne Arundel County foes. The Cougars dropped to 4-4, 2-3.

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