Jenny Weber, bothered by illness earlier in the season and coming off a poor effort at Atholton last Friday, turned things around with her best game of the season, leading unbeaten and fourth-ranked Fallston (10-0, 5-0) past rival C. Milton Wright, 2-1, last night.
Weber, a senior and veteran starting striker, rallied the Cougars with a goal and an assist on mirror-image plays in the second half to overhaul the visitors (7-3, 4-1). The victory put her team in position to win the county championship tomorrow night at home against North Harford.
Last year, at home, Wright won the title with an overtime victory over Fallston, and this one had all the makings of another extra-session contest. The two evenly matched squads went nearly 25 minutes tied at 1-1 until Weber untied it with some six minutes left in the game.
Fallston, which spent most of the night in its offensive end, was working in the right corner when Beth Rappold drove the ball on a line across the front of the goal and Weber, about 5 yards out from the left post, had a wide-open side of the net.
Earlier, after 51 minutes of scoreless Fallston frustration, Weber had executed a similar pass from the left side and Chrissy Battenfeld had knocked the ball into the open side.
Statistically, it was all Fallston, as it outshot Wright, 26-10; had more corners, 8-2; and forced Mustangs All-County goalkeeper, junior Erin Updegrove, to make 16 saves. Emily Weibel had nine saves for the winners. And in front of the goalkeepers, each side had an outstanding sweeper who prevented more damage -- Miranda James for the Mustangs and Jenny Cook for the Cougars.
Updegrove was superb, making several point-blank stops along the way. Weibel had six of her saves in the first half, including a one-on-one with Erin Lesh, but it was a rebound during Wright's only real scoring flurry that resulted in its goal. Weibel deflected one shot, another hit the underside of the crossbar and caromed down in front where first Jackie Bangert got a foot on it and then Katie Corbett pushed it past the keeper.
Aside from that, it was pretty much all Fallston. The team's
scoring leader, junior Beth Blasi, did everything but get the ball into the back of the net. Her shots were all around the goal, and Updegrove deprived her with a couple of spectacular saves.