Fallston and C. Milton Wright completed their soccer version of "48 Hours" at Fallston yesterday, but the home side needed less than three minutes to take charge en route to a 3-1 victory in a battle of teams unbeaten against county opposition.
The teams played the final 34 minutes, 7 seconds of the game started Thursday and suspended because of bad field conditions caused by rain. The score had been 1-1 at the time of suspension.
The win enabled No. 3 Fallston (10-0, 6-0) to extend its domination of Harford County soccer to 24-0-3 and left Joppatowne (on Tuesday) as the final barrier to a fourth straight non-losing county record. No. 10 C. Milton dropped to 6-3-2, 5-1.
The decisive goal came on a perfect play. Fred Sheckells, one of four senior starters for Fallston, controlled the ball in the middle // and got the ball to senior Brian Benner. He beat the defender to the ball on the right side, made one touch, then crossed the ball to Mike Giuffrida 10 yards out on the far side of the goal mouth.
Giuffrida, with no defender near him, had only to stop the ball, then kick it low into the near corner. From the middle of the goal, keeper Tim Hilyard tried to recover, but could not make a play in time.
A handball in the penalty box gave Fallston a penalty kick and Dave Peterson drilled a low shot past a diving Hilyard to sew it up with 7:02 left.
The game was a physical struggle, with Wright players assessed three yellow cards and Fallston one.
"They had tied Centennial and Calvert Hall, so I think we showed we can play with the best," Fallston coach Len Petrey. "We came out to win the county championship."
Wright chose to center its offense around kicking long balls into the offensive zone, then trying to make something happen.
It didn't work out too well, as the scoring chances were minimal. Fallston goalkeeper Eric McPhee was credited with just one save yesterday.
C. Milton Wright will end its regular season Tuesday at Havre de Grace.