Fallston's season ends imperfectly

Cougars can't complete unbeaten year

Girls Soccer Class 3a Final

November 14, 2008|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,glenn.graham@baltsun.com

It happened in a flash for the Fallston girls soccer team, and it came at the wrong time and place.

The No. 2 Cougars were just getting settled, 15 minutes into last night's Class 3A state title game against Bethesda-Chevy Chase at UMBC Stadium, when Bethesda senior forward Hannah Richardson took the ball away from a Cougars defender inside the penalty area and promptly finished from 8 yards.

Less than two minutes later, Barons freshman midfielder Kara Klontz added a goal. The Cougars, who took an undefeated record into the title game, would never recover, losing, 2-0, to a Bethesda-Chevy Chase team that was a little faster, a little more skilled and a little more confident.

Fallston closed out a fine season with a 17-1 mark, while the Barons completed a perfect 17-0 season with their third state championship. It was the second straight year Fallston had taken a perfect record into the playoffs; Wilde Lake upset the Cougars in last year's regional final game.

"The last two years we were like 33-2, and that's an accomplishment in itself. Each year, we just had bad luck at the end of the season, but we still accomplished so much," said Vicki Gustitis, a senior defender for Fallston.

Fallston rarely trailed all season, which made trying to come from behind that much harder. The Barons, who outshot the Cougars 10-3, maintained the same push throughout the second half to keep the safe distance.

"It was hard. I told everyone to keep their heads up and that we had 40 minutes left, but we couldn't get through with anything," said Fallston senior forward Monica Fischer, who finished a fine career with 16 goals and 19 assists but was frustrated by double teams all night.

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