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Fallston girls win on penalty kicks, head to state title game

For 100 minutes Friday night, girls from Fallston and Hereford could not settle their Class 2A girls soccer state semifinal game at Bel Air.

The teams battled evenly through two 40-minute halves of regulation play and two additional 10-minute overtime periods without a score. The game was determined by a shootout, won by the Fallston Cougars, 3-1.

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In next week's 2A state final at Loyola University, Fallston (10-4-2) will face either Calvert or Oakdale, who play Saturday night at 7:30 at Bel Air High School.

"Shhoooo, I'll tell you, ya know, we're young," Cougars coach Mark Hannahs said after the emotionally-draining win that put the Cougars back in the state final for the second time in three seasons."We've gone above our expectations, but we knew we were good. Hereford, one heck of a ball club. We knew we were going to be in for a match and all the credit to them, but our girls never, ever give up, ever."

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In the shootout, Alicyn Lose, Sydney Crofton and Chase Otenasek scored for the Cougars, while goalie Katelyn Briguglio made two saves on four Hereford shots.

Opposing goalie, Sam Hooker, who played center midfield throughout the game, also took the Bulls first kick and scored. The next shooter, missed high, before Briguglio made a diving save to her right to keep the Cougars ahead.

With Fallston leading, 3-1, after its fourth shooter, Briguglio then made her second save, which locked up the win.

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