BY RANDY McROBERTS, firstname.lastname@example.org
9:16 PM EST, November 5, 2012
Girls soccer teams from C. Milton Wright and Fallston each won region championships Monday, qualifying each for state semifinal play this weekend.
CMW won its third straight Class 3A North title by 4-0 shutout of visiting Towson, while Fallston traveled to Salisbury to beat host Parkside, 4-0, as well, in the 2A East final.
In CMW's win, the Mustangs led 1-0 at the half. Adrianna Tarbert, Katie Burgee, MacKenzie Cunningham and Angela Kuhn each had single goals in the win.
Kathy Kammerer and Rebecca Piazza were credited with assists.
CMW will play Saturday at CCBC-Essex, but time will not be known until Thursday morning. The Mustangs will play winner of Urbana and Thomas Johnson who play Tuesday.
Cougars also advance
In Fallston's win Monday, the Cougars scored a pair of goals in each half to win their first region title since 2009, the year the Cougars won the Class 2A state title.
Brooke Nigrin scored the first goal with assist from Sierrah Taylor, and Marybeth Esposito added a goal with Logan Gasior getting the assist.
Nigrin also scored in the second half, assisted by Megan Reilly and Beth Walton closed out the scoring with an unassisted tally.
Cougars' goalie Kayla Reilly posted five saves to earn the shutout.
Fallston will play Friday night or Saturday afternoon at Bel Air High School in a state semifinal. The opponent will be either Southern-A.A. or Calvert.
In CMW's 3-0 win over visiting Bel Air (7-6-2) in Friday's regional semi-final contest, Megan Frailer showed the way with a pair of goals and Angela Kuhn netted a single goal. Katie Burgee dished out two assists as well.
Fallston advanced to Monday's final by edging Rising Sun, 1-0, on Friday in a game played at Elkton Middle School after it was confirmed that Rising Sun's field was not large enough for the game.
The Cougars fired 23 shots at the Tigers goal and had 12 corner kicks as the Tigers packed all 10 players back in the box, according to Cougars head coach Mark Hannahs.
Teams that are often outmanned or lack in speed to the opponent will pack it in, hoping to play for a tie and have the game decided in a shootout of penalty kicks.
Friday's game was headed that direction until Fallston's Ashley Mozingo worked a little magic on a corner kick. Mozingo drilled a bending right-footed shot toward the goal, clearing the goalie's hands and finding the inside of the net.
Cougars goalie Kayla Reilly had no saves in the win.
Havre de Grace (6-7) saw its best season in years come to a close Friday in Baltimore County. The Warriors were shut out in regional tourney play by host Sparrows Point, 2-0.
"It was a great season, six wins, next year more," Warriors head coach Randy Cypher said. "Just didn't play our game."
Patriots knocked out
John Carroll (10-8-1) saw its season end Saturday with a 5-0 loss at McDonogh in IAAM A conference play. The Patriots were down 2-0 at the half.
John Carroll goalies Susan Cumpston and Andrea Sipos made 11 and one saves respectively.
"Having to overcome the challenge of having to play a player-down for over 60 minutes because of a red card and two penalty shots awarded to McDonogh in the first half, proved to be too much for John Carroll in their IAAM semifinal match," Patriots head coach Gary Lynch said.
John Carroll won Thursday in quarterfinal action, 3-1 over Bryn Mawr. Olivia DiFonso, MaryKate Gerety and Jordan Clarke each scored goals and Sophie Centi was credited with one assist.
Regional playoffs started Thursday, when four of Harford's eight teams notched wins to move on to Friday's action.
Two of the four came in Class 3A North action, where both Bel Air and CMW won lopsided shutouts. Bel Air blanked visiting Digital Harbor, 12-0, while CMW beat visiting Aberdeen (4-10), 10-0.
In the Bobcats win, winners led 8-0 at the half and in the game got scoring from nine different players.
Shannon Williams, Jordan Layfield and Kayla Klock led with two goals each, while Brooke Tauber, Natalie Decker, Renie Tsomos, Leah Lozzi, Morgan Hollenback and Karlie Scherba each had one goal.
Taylor Hensley dished out three assists. Rebekah Riley and Williams each had one assist.
Bel Air goalie Leah Lozzi finished with one save and Kayla Gordon-McKnight of Digital Harbor made 35 saves.
In CMW's win, the Mustangs led 5-0 at half. Adrianna Tarbert tallied three goals and Megan Frailer added a goal and two assists to pace the Mustangs efforts.
Fallston advanced in 2A East with a 3-1 win over Patterson Mill (8-5). The game was played at Bel Air.
Sierrah Taylor netted all three goals for the Cougars, who led 1-0 at the half. Patterson Mill tied the game at 1-1 with 14 minutes remaining after a free kick into the box that was eventually poked into the goal.
Taylor then scored her final two goals, both headers, to put the Cougars into Friday's semifinal round. Brooke Nigrin had two assists and Anna Holehouse had one in the win. Fallston goalie Kayla Reilly had one save.
Warriors advance, too
Havre de Grace beat Western Tech, 5-1, at Lansdowne Thursday.
Rachel Rossi scored three goals to highlight the win, while Helen Boniface and Lauren Herrington each had one.
Margaret Stump had two assists and goalie Riley Arnold made eight saves.
Rams, Hawks lose
Edgewood (10-3) and North Harford (9-4-1) both fell by 1-0 scores. Edgewood lost to Rising Sun in 2A East play and North Harford fell at Eastern Tech in 3A North play.