Two girls soccer teams looking to gain momentum toward the postseason met in Fallston on Tuesday.
The Cougars and visiting Hawks from North Harford met in an UCBAC Chesapeake Division game played at the Fallston Rec turf field. Fallston’s newly installed turf field at the school is still off limits for work getting done on the track.
Regardless of the site, it was all Fallston in a 6-0 win over the Hawks. The Cougars (1-2-1, 4-5-2) scored three goals in each half.
“We’re still hurt, we have some girls in different positions, we got all the subs in today, which is always a good thing,” Cougars coach Carlie Andrews said. “Little bit of kick ball there in the middle, but the score didn’t reflect that too much. All-in-all, a pretty good game for us, excited to move forward.”
Two of the first three goals were scored in the first 15 minutes of the game. Sam DeCarlo finished off a corner kick from Grace Tarrant just minutes into the action and a short time later, Logan Ward made it 2-0 with an assist from Hailey Isaac.
North Harford’s best scoring chance came soon after off a corner kick, but a header was snagged by diving Fallston goalie Emily Rhinehart.
Rhinehart was back in goal for the Cougars for the first time in a month, recovering from injury. She finished with seven saves, before coming out of the game midway through the second half.
Ironically, the Hawks were playing their first game without their starting keeper Makaela Magness. Magness suffered a broken bone in her hand after getting stepped on during Thursday’s game against Bel Air.
The third Fallston goal of the first half came when Ward chased down a through ball. Ward took a dribble and then crossed the ball to a wide open Kayla Street, who easily booted the ball past Hawks keeper Natalie Jacobs.
It was Street with her second goal to open the scoring in the second half. Street got to a free kick quicker than Hawks goalie Jacobs and then got just enough of the ball to send it 15 yards forward and into the goal.
North Harford played better to open the second half, but the Hawks just couldn’t find the goal. Julia Fiacco out together a pair of shots, but one sailed wide left across the goal and the other was knocked down and controlled by the Cougars backup tender Alayna Eufemia (three saves).
The corner kick combination that opened the scoring for the Cougars, struck again to pusb the lead to 5-0. Tarrant sent the ball across the goal where DeCarlo uncontested, one-touched the ball into the goal.
Ward closed the scoring with her second goal and another assist to Tarrant. The goal came off an initial save by Jacobs, but Ward was there for the follow.
“The first half we honestly just did not look like ourselves, we were not putting enough effort in and in the second half they came out better, with more. I would say 75 percent out of 100, but still that wasn’t enough on the field today, so that’s what I’m disappointed about,” North Harford coach Molly VanDorick said.
Mustangs beat Bobcats
C. Milton Wright upended host Bel Air on Tuesday night, winning the Chesapeake game, 4-3.
Bel Air (4-1, 8-4) maintained most of the possession and play throughout the early moments, but it was CMW (2-2-1, 4-4-2) who struck on a free kick goal by Carolyn Mang from just outside the 18.
A few minutes later, Mang was was at it again. Free just inside the 18 with a good look on goal after a missed clear, Mang snuck the ball past Bobcats keeper Jill Kozak.
Bel Air answered on a penalty kick from Carolyn Doheny a short time later, but as the half winded down, CMW added a third goal when Cassidy Hoover put away what Bel Air thought was a cleared defensive corner kick.
Bel Air was also able to score again in the half. Lexi Kraemer got in behind the back line and put one away unassisted.
Down 3-2 coming out of halftime, Elizabeth Hillman tied the game when she got in past the back line and slid a low driven ball inside the far post.
With that goal, Bel Air began to build on the momentum and pepper the goal with opportunities. The game, however, got very interesting when Bel Air took a corner opportunity.
The ball was sent in and the linesman put up his flag to stop play. As the center referee ignored his call, it allowed CMW forward Aubrey Hoover to drive upfield and eventually score the game-winning goal.
Bel Air continued to push offensively, but shots sailed wide of the goal or directly to the CMW goalie Sydney Frank. Bel Air finished with a 14-7 advantage in shots. Kozak finished with four saves for Bel Air and Frank finished with eight saves for CMW..
“Tough game tonight. We put ourselves in a hole with mistakes that created opportunities for CMW. They put their chances away while we had trouble,” Bobcats coach Josh Ruggiero said. ”That’s what happens in a CMW vs Bel Air game. Records don’t matter. We can’t get ourself into situations where the referee can have that big of an impact. Ultimately it’s on us in the end.”
Cobras, Rams tie
Edgewood visited Harford Tech Tuesday night and the Chesapeake game ended in a 1-1 tie.
Edgewood (1-2-1, 7-2-1) was ahead at the half on a goal by Peyton Long, assisted by Paige Graff.
Tech (0-2-4) evened the score in the second half on Ali Storm’s unassisted goal.
Edgewood keeper Emma Grantland finished with six saves and Tech goalie Jordan Althoff also made six saves.
Patterson Mill (6-4-1) took a break from UCBAC play and visited McDonough, where the Huskies were shut out, 3-0.
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