Walker delivers winner again

This time, her goal beats Hawks in OT

No. 8 Fallston 2 North Harford 1

Field hockey

October 18, 2007|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Caitlin Walker is making a habit of scoring game-winning goals against North Harford.

Walker scored on a hard 10-yard shot 1:41 into sudden-death overtime yesterday to give No. 8 Fallston a 2-1 victory over host North Harford in an Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference field hockey game.

The victory locked up at least one home playoff game for Fallston (11-2, 5-1) in the Class 3A regional playoffs. Fallston also might get a first-round bye, but that won't be known for sure until tonight's playoff draw. The Cougars also will finish second in the UCBAC's Chesapeake Division.

Walker played a big role last year when her second-half goal gave the Cougars a victory over the Hawks. This year, Walker again was in the right place at the right time, as a deflected ball bounced over to her on the right side of the circle, and she blasted a shot past goalie Chrissy Jones inside the far corner.

"We just wanted to end it quick," Walker said. "The ball came to me, and the corner was wide-open."

Fallston pressured North Harford (8-6, 7-5) throughout the game, but Jones usually had the answers. The senior is in her first year as a starter and looked like a veteran, making 14 saves and repeatedly stopping the Cougars.

"She's been good from Day One," North Harford coach Lori Mitchell said. "But they all played well today."

The North Harford defense was under constant pressure as the Cougars repeatedly advanced into the circle for good shots.

But they couldn't score until Rachel Cooke beat Jones on a shot from the top of the circle 6:57 into the second half. Krissy Fusco got the assist as Fallston took a 1-0 lead.

North Harford hadn't done much to worry Fallston goalie Megan Sadowski (four saves), but the Hawks scored 95 seconds later on Shannon Hogan's goal.

"I was disappointed when we let one in after we worked so hard to get one," Fallston coach Alice Puckett said. "But we kept a lot of pressure on."

The Cougars didn't let up, repeatedly getting scoring chances late in the second half but not coming through until overtime, something Puckett and Walker were glad didn't last long.

"The longer it goes, the more things can break down," Puckett said.

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