The Fallston field hockey team passed its second Chesapeake (upper) Division test on Wednesday night, but just barely, as the Cougars battled the host-team North Harford Hawks into double overtime before Fallston's Christina Wright tucked away a game-ending goal that gave her team a 2-1 victory.
"It was an incredible game," North Harford head coach Kathryn Cox said. "It was well-played, spirited, exciting."
The two squads were locked in a defensive battle through the first half, with neither side putting together a scoring combination, and at the half-time whistle the game was knotted 0-0.
The game's first goal would not come until there were five minutes left in regulation time, when Fallston's Jordan Wagner tucked away a shot after taking a pass from teammate Danielle McDiarmid.
Needing a tally with just 19 seconds before the final whistle, North Harford got one when Katie Owens put in the game-tying goal.
The score would remain tied 1-1 through the first 10-minute, sudden-death period, and it would not be until the 19th minute of overtime that Wright knocked in the game-winning goal.
North Harford goalie Abby Phillips posted eight saves.
Rams over Warriors
Squaring off with the Havre de Grace Warriors at home on Wednesday night, the Edgewood Rams got away with a 3-1 victory over their guests.
At the halftime whistle, the two teams were deadlocked at one goal apiece.
Cynthia Ford led the Edgewood attack, scoring twice in the victory, while Cecelia Reif netted one goal and dished out one assist for the Rams. Edgewood's Mariah Balmaceno-Criss and Aida Mansour each had one assist.
The Warriors' goal, which was their first of the season, came off the stick of Taylor Edwards, who was assisted by Allison Deal.
In goal for the Warriors, Taylor Smith racked up 10 saves, while Edgewood goalie Monica Attia had one save.
Mariners shut down by Panthers
With the help of a hat trick by Molly Crothers, the Perryville Panthers field hockey squad picked up a shutout victory on Wednesday, knocking off the Joppatowne Mariners 6-0 going away.
Besides Crothers' three tallies, the Panthers saw goals from Kelsie Andrews, Hannah Seibert and Julia Crothers.
Brette Knell handed out a pair of assists in the victory, while Carrie Brighthaupt and Hannah Wein each came up with one assist.
Joppatowne goalkeeper April Kinyua notched 19 saves in the loss.Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun