Fallston made two crucial plays in the final minute to earn a little bit of revenge against visiting Hereford on Friday night.
Brian White scored the game-winning goal with 41 seconds left, and goalie Caleb Abney made a save as time ran out to help the No. 10 Cougars hold on for an 11-10 victory over the No. 8 Bulls.
Hereford (2-1) beat Fallston (2-0) twice last year en route to a state championship, and the Cougars wanted this game badly. That's why they were confident on offense when Hereford was called for a penalty with 57 seconds left.
White broke a 10-10 tie by taking a pass from Mike Antinozzi (two goals, four assists) and scoring from right off the crease.
"They beat us twice last year, and it gave us motivation," said White, who finished with four goals and one assist. "We felt it was our time."
Abney then helped Fallston finish the job. Hereford got the ball to Rustin Bryant (five goals) in the final seconds. Bryant fired a high shot, but Abney (nine saves) stopped it at the buzzer.
"Our players have worked really hard so far," Fallston coach Matt Parks said. "They just keep playing."
Both teams needed to keep battling in a bizarre, penalty-filled game. A total of 15 penalties were called, and seven extra-man goals were scored. One odd situation came in the third quarter when the officials called three penalties on Hereford at the same time. That gave Fallston a three-man advantage, which helped the Cougars get one goal and seemed to slow the Bulls.
Goals: H- R. Bryant 5, Stafford 2, Seider, DePaola, Dimes; H- B. White 4, Antinozzi 2, Venters, Guttermuth, Horsham, Baker, Hicks. Assists: H- Dimes 3, Andrews 2, F. Bryant; F- Antinozzi 4, B. White, Venters, Horsham, Lawrence, Wolf. Saves: H- Yelle 5; F- Abney 9. Half: H, 7-6.