Shane Dougherty continued a streak of scoring at least one goal in every game when his 15-yard shot into the far right corner of the net pushed visiting Fallston past C. Milton Wright, 1-0, in a Harford County League game last night.
The win kept the Cougars unbeaten at 9-0-1 overall and 5-0-1 in league play.
Dougherty, a senior striker, was moved to halfback part way through the second half after a tight marking job by Chad Bowker. It wasn't long after, at 31 minutes 11 seconds, that Dougherty capitalized on an opening to rifle a shot away from goalkeeper Tim Hilyard.
"I think their plan was to deny me the ball, take me out of my game," Dougherty said. "Once I moved back to halfback, it's harder to mark in the open field and I was able to get into position."
Fallston coach Len Petrey explained that during the first half, when he was well marked, Dougherty wound up standing around. "Moving him back enabled him to get more into his game.
"We also used three up front instead of our normal two, and I think we got what we wanted from our offense in the second half."
Defensively, the visitors were moving people around a lot and it led to C. Milton Wright (7-4, 4-2) getting a 22-18 edge in shots, including 12-5 in the second half.
Although the Mustangs were able to keep the pressure on in the offensive end in the second half, they really only had two good scoring opportunities, one in each half.
First Ryan Strausburg's 40-yard free kick hit the upper right corner of the goal and bounced away. Then, in the last two minutes, Fallston keeper Jason Hunsinger was trapped out of the goal making a stop, but teammate Jim Penski came through with a save in the goal mouth on a follow-up shot.
"I've been preaching shooting composure in the final third [of the field] for the last three weeks, but we just didn't get it," C. Milton Wright coach Paul Snyder said. "Still, I was excited by our effort, and we had some great chances. I was impressed by our hard work."
It often works out that the best player comes through at the best time for winners and the worst thing happens at the worst time for the losers and such was true this time.
Dougherty, who now has 18 goals and five assists, got away just once and it was the difference.