Fallston boys, girls soccer come up a game short


November 23, 2008|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to the Baltimore Sun

The Fallston boys and girls both came up short in the Class 3A state soccer finals Nov. 13, but both are proud of what they accomplished this year.

The boys finished at 16-3 after a tough loss to Tuscarora at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. The game was tied 1-1 through the overtime periods, and the Frederick County school scored a 4-2 victory in penalty kicks.

Coach Christopher Hoover was thrilled with how hard his team worked this year, as the Cougars advanced to the state championship game for the first time in eight years.

"They were absolutely fantastic," Hoover said. "They bought into the program. Unfortunately, when ... you have talented players, not everyone gets playing time. But I didn't have one time this season when somebody complained."

Hoover carried 23 players on the varsity and pulled up four more from the junior varsity for the playoffs.

"They did everything I asked," Hoover said. "I couldn't have asked any more from them."

Eight of the team's 11 starters were seniors, which Hoover said helped with continuity and leadership. Seniors were the top four scorers in a balanced offense that most teams had problems stopping.

Dominic Welsh led with 21 goals and four assists. Eric Croucher (nine, seven), Mike Hamilton (eight, nine) and Ross Twanmoh (nine, six) carried the offense. Junior goalie Kirk Fromille played solid all season, posting 11 shutouts in 18 starts.

It wasn't their night in the finals, however. Fallston hit the cross-bar three times - once in the first half, twice in the second - after Welsh's first-half penalty kick tied the game.

The girls dropped a 2-0 decision to Bethesda-Chevy Chase at UMBC, as the Montgomery County school scored a pair of first-half goals less than two minutes apart.

The Cougars had a remarkable run the past two seasons, going 33-2-1, including 17-1 this season. They did not suffer a regular-season loss in either season.

"As far as this season goes, it was an amazing year," Fallston coach Alyson Cammann said.

Monica Fischer led the way with 16 goals and 19 assists. Jill Dozier (14, 12), Erin Lynn (13, nine) and Penelope Fantis (nine, nine) also contributed. All four are seniors.

Goalie Marissa Hyde led a defense that recorded eight shutouts this season. The Cougars earned a trip to the state final by beating Northern in penalty kicks after a 1-1 tie.

Football playoffs

Three Harford County teams advanced to this past weekend's regional finals. Since Havre de Grace and Joppatowne were set to meet in the Class 1A East regional game, it ensured that at least one local school would make the state semifinals.

Fallston won a state playoff game for the first time in school history, topping Stephen Decatur (31-6) in a Class 3A East game. The second-seeded Cougars were scheduled to take on top-seeded Wilde Lake in Howard County on Friday.

Havre de Grace and Joppatowne both escaped with wins after tough first-round games. The top-seeded Warriors nipped fourth-seeded Bohemia Manor, 16-14, while No. 2 seed Joppatowne got by Cambridge-South Dorchester, 14-7.

During the regular season, Joppatowne defeated Havre de Grace, 20-0, but the Mariners had to forfeit that game (along with two others) because of an ineligible player.

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