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Fallston girls soccer falls to Calvert, 1-0, in state final

Members of the Fallston girls soccer team try to keep their heads up as the make their way across the field to receive their trophies after a 1-0 loss to Calvert in Saturday's 2A state championship game at Loyola University.
Members of the Fallston girls soccer team try to keep their heads up as the make their way across the field to receive their trophies after a 1-0 loss to Calvert in Saturday's 2A state championship game at Loyola University. (MATT BUTTON | AEGIS STAFF, Baltimore Sun Media Group)

Fallston's bid for a Class 2A girls soccer state championship fell a goal shy Saturday afternoon at the Ridley Athletic Complex at Loyola University Maryland.

The Cougars were on the short end of a 1-0 game against the Calvert Cavaliers, who celebrated the first soccer state championship, girls or boys, in school history.

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"Two freshmen, five sophomores, two juniors, two seniors. That's our starting lineup," Cougars head coach Mark Hannahs said. "And I'm so proud of what they did because I think we're the youngest team of starters in this state."

Young or not, Fallston (9-5-3) played a talented and tough Calvert club tight.

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The Cougars fell victim to Calvert's prolific scoring tandem of senior midfielder Hailey Williams and sophomore forward Sydney Watson. Williams, who entered the game with 46 season assists, notched number 47 in the 29th minute.

Williams played the ball from the center of the field to Watson, who was just inside the 18-yard box, right of the goal. Watson controlled the ball, turned and struck a right foot shot high off the inside of the far post and into the goal. Cougars goalie Katelyn Briguglio (nine saves) had no chance on the goal, Watson's 43rd of the year.

"It was just a great shot, the girl has an amazing foot," Briguglio said. "After saving a couple of shots earlier, I knew that she was going to be trouble."

A fine play by Briguglio three minutes earlier had kept the game scoreless. Watson had run onto a ball from Calle Garneau behind the Cougars defense. With Watson closing in, Briguglio came away from the goal and made a slide tackle to force away the ball.

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"To be honest with you, I thought she was going to get around me and score and that was going to be the first goal, but I pulled through and I just kind of swept it away," Briguglio said.

Watson was dinged up on the play and left briefly, before returning to score the goal.

The Cavaliers (15-1-1) were the aggressor for most of the game, keeping constant pressure on the Cougars defense.

"We were very busy, we had our hands full," sophomore defender Sydney Crofton said. "On defense, the main focus was to make sure that the girls were always marked up and a lot of communication with our goalie and sweeper. There were some openings that had to be covered, but I thought that we did a god job and I couldn't be prouder."

Offensively, Fallston never really generated a strong shot.

"They just stepped to the ball, they had a great back line," Cougars sophomore forward Alicyn Lose said. "We did the best we could, just they have an outstanding defensive line. I have to give credit to them."

Likely the Cougars best scoring chance slid by the left post on a shot from senior Shannon Hazle midway through the first half.

With 16 minutes left in the game, Taylor Dudley put shot on goal and a minute later, Crofton hit a direct kick into the box, where Calvert goalie Katie Rider snagged the ball out of the air. Rider finished with three saves.

"The first time in Calvert history is a big deal," Williams of Calvert said.

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