Fallston couldn't find any kind of offensive rhythm in the third quarter Tuesday. The Cougars had problems moving the ball, didn't take good shots and watched Glenelg erase a four-goal first-half deficit.
But No. 8 Fallston fared much better in the fourth quarter. Brian White got the eventual tie-breaking goal, and Marc Badger followed with two key insurance scores as the Cougars posted five in that final period en route to an 11-8 victory over No. 10 Glenelg at the Fallston Recreation Complex.
Badger finished with a game-high three goals, two of which came as Fallston (1-0) scored five goals in a stretch of 8:17 in the fourth quarter. The Cougars made much better passes, often finding the open man and getting higher-percentage shots in that period.
"We didn't play a good third quarter," said Fallston coach Matt Parks. "They played a great third quarter. We didn't shoot the ball very well."
That was different from the second quarter, when Fallston scored four times, twice took four-goal leads, and eventually held a 6-3 halftime lead.
Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker put Eric Sweetman (nine saves) in goal to start the second half, and the junior made six saves in the third quarter and blanked the Cougars in that period.
Fallston suddenly lacked patience on offense, taking low-percentage shots and not passing effectively. Scott Dziwulski, Mikey Wynne and Glenn Lucas (two goals) scored three straight goals to pull Glenelg (0-1) into a 6-6 tie.
The teams were tied at 8 in the fourth quarter before White made a good individual effort to put Fallston in front for good. He fought his way through traffic around the crease and put a quick shot past Sweetman with 6:33 left in the game.
Badger then made it 10-8 just 77 seconds later. Sweetman got a piece of Badger's shot, but the ball deflected into the net off a Glenelg defenseman.
Badger scored the final goal after making a quick cut to the middle and converting a nice pass from Connor Wolf with 3:17 left.
"We knew we kind of messed up in the third quarter," Badger said. "So we started looking for better shots and [making] better plays."
The Cougars earned some revenge for last year's overtime loss to Glenelg, but Hatmaker liked how his team fought back in this game.
"We just made some mistakes you can't make," he said. "The good thing is that all of the mistakes we made are correctable things."
Goals: G- N. Wynne 2, Lucas 2, Milani, M. Wynne, Dziwulski, Darden; F- Badger 3, Thrasher 2, White, Horsham, Greene, Wheeler, Wolf, Lawrence. Assists: G- Milani, N. Wynne, Darden; F- Horsham 2, White, Wolf, Glezen. Saves: G- Marshall 5, Sweetman 9; F- Abney 6. Half: F, 6-3.