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Bel Air, Fallston girls win region soccer championships

Bel Air and Fallston won regional titles in girls soccer Tuesday. Bel Air beat visiting Westminster, 3-1, for the Class 3A North Region title, while Fallston traveled to the lower Eastern Shore to defeat Parkside, 3-0, in the 2A East Region final at the Wicomico County Stadium.

Bel Air will meet two-time defending 3A state champion River Hill on Saturday at CCBC-Essex. Game time is 2:30 p.m.

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Fallston will play North champion Hereford at Bel Air High School on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

In Bel Air's win, senior Kayla Klock scored twice and assisted on another to lead the Bobcats past the Owls.

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Klock, who had made two runs into the box and collided with sliding Westminster goalie Brooke Hillman moments before, broke up the scoreless battle at the 31:52 mark of the second half.

"It was a struggle, but I knew that my team was going to get in there, I mean it only takes one opportunity, one chance to get the ball in and we did it," Klock said.

Juliana Portera controlled the ball from the opposite side of midfield. Portera moved the ball toward the middle of the field and then hit a pass to a running Gabriela Encarnacion. The speedy junior took the ball into the corner, beat the defender and sent a cross in front of the goal.

Klock was there for the header and the 1-0 lead.

The Bobcats (13-1-2) added an insurance goal with 5:06 left. Klock assisted Alexcia Kraemer.

That goal proved to be huge as Westminster's goal came on a penalty kick with 3:43 to play. A handball call led to Allison Crabbe scoring the free kick for the Owls (9-6-2).

Klock nearly got the goal back with 2:40 remaining, but her shot slid just right of the far post. Klock didn't miss her next opportunity, though, scoring her second goal at the 1:30 mark. Klock drilled a shot past Hillman with an assist from Kraemer.

Jaimie Layfield nearly put the Bobcats ahead 11 minutes into the game. Layfield unleashed a high shot from 35 yards out that Hillman was able to get a hand on and push up and off the cross bar. The ball bounced back into play, where a charging Encarnacion got a body on it, but right at Hillman, who was able to collect one of her 11 saves.

The Bobcats defense and goalie, Andrea Sipos, was solid all night, thwarting all Westminster runs.

"Our team has been playing excellent and our defense themselves have been doing really well," Bobcats coach Josh Clemmer said. "I think we had nine shutouts in a row until tonight. Tonight they got a goal on a PK that I thought was a questionable call, so kudos to my defense for keeping them out in live play and keeping the goals from the other team down low."

Clemmer says the Bobcats whole defense is solid, but notes center backs junior Anna Wehland and senior Morgan Hollenback as the two who will play every minute of every game and are incredible soccer players.

Bobcats goalie Sipos finished with five saves, all in the second half.

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Cougars win

The Fallston girls soccer team won the Class 2A East Region title on the road, blanking Parkside, 3-0, at Wicomico County Stadium.

"We prefer to play away," Cougars coach Mark Hannahs said. "Every time we come down here, we beat them." Fallston lost to Parkside a year ago in the final played at Bel Air.

The Cougars (11-5-1) scored twice in the first half and once in the second. Alicyn Lose got the scoring started just under 10 minutes in, putting home a feed from Sydney Crofton.

Maria Gentile added a goal midway through the half and Skylar Bodt closed the scoring at the halfway point of the second half. Crofton also assisted on both goals.

Fallston goalie Katelyn Briguglio finished with two saves

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