Fallston goes 2 OTs to beat Wright

Sumego wins it, seals division title for No. 3 Cougars

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October 17, 2006|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Reporter

JoEllen Sumego couldn't stop grinning after she scored the game-winning goal in double overtime to slip visiting No. 3 Fallston past No. 7 C. Milton Wright, 1-0, and into the Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference field hockey championship game later this week.

In a clash of Harford County rivals, the junior scored on an assist from Kim McDaniel with 7:36 left in the second 10-minute, seven-on-seven overtime period.

"It's really big," Sumego said. "It means a lot to the team that we scored on C. Milton Wright. We worked really hard, so whoever would have scored, it would have been big. It's lucky that I did."

It took more than luck for Sumego to convert the through pass from McDaniel. She had to maneuver past defender Liz Johnson first and then get the ball past Mustangs goalie Kate Vitali, who had made 18 saves.

"The defender was blocking the goalie's view I think," Sumego said, "so once I got past the defender, it seemed like the goalie didn't really know where I was, so it went right between her legs."

Vitali, who had two saves in the first overtime period, said "it was just a miscommunication on the defense, but they did a good job rushing."

The victory sealed first place in the UCBAC Chesapeake Division and boosts coach Alice Puckett's Cougars to 12-1 overall and 6-0 in the division. The Cougars will play for their second straight UCBAC title Thursday.

The host Mustangs could have earned the Chesapeake title for themselves with a win, but they fall to 10-2-1 and 4-2 in the division.

Despite Fallston's 19 shots, much of the game was fairly even with skill, speed and strong defense each way. The Mustangs had the better of play late in regulation with five shots in the final five minutes, but the Cougars came on in overtime. Fallston had five penalty corners in the first overtime and Kathleen Tress had a pair of shots that Vitali saved.

"I think [the game was so tight] because both of us have such great teams," Mustangs forward Mary Waller said. "Both defenses are awesome and everybody on the field is good, so it's hard to get past everyone and get it down there on either end."

More field hockey

No. 10 Century 3, South Carroll 2 -- Jenn Metzler scored off a pass from Steph Zile with two minutes left to lift the host Knights (10-1) past the Cavaliers (6-2-1). Zile added another goal for Century, which clinched the Carroll County championship with the win.

North Harford 1, Maryvale 1 -- The game at North Harford was called 10 minutes into the second half after Hawks senior Marley Welsh was struck in the forehead by the ball. She was airlifted to Maryland Shock Trauma Center, where she was treated and released. She received stitches but suffered no major injuries.

Girls soccer

No. 7 C. Milton Wright 1, Bel Air 0 -- Senior Chelsea Genco scored the game-winner eight minutes into the second half and backup goalkeeper Lynn Tranovich made 12 saves to lead the Mustangs past the visiting Bobcats (7-4).


Staff reports contributed to this article.

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