Fallston and Oakland Mills each accomplished something yesterday. The Cougars just did it one goal better.
In a rematch of last year's Class 1A-2A state final, No. 1 Fallston had the only goal of the second half and held off the No. 12 Scorpions, 2-1, at Oakland Mills.
"That was a great game," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters. "We're disappointed we lost, but it was a hard-fought game that could have gone either way. They're an awesome team."
They are also, according to Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson, "on everybody's bulletin board right now. Everybody wants to knock us off."
And Oakland Mills is no exception.
"I guess they wanted revenge from the states," said Fallston's Beth Blasi, who scored the game-winner off a header from Courtney Benner eight minutes into the second half. "They really wanted it. They're a good team, but we showed that we still could do it."
"This was a big win, a definite confidence booster," said Fallston goalie Emily Weibel, who had nine shutouts last year and two already this season. "We didn't play up to our expectations the first two games. This proves that we have the ability to win the states again."
Ferguson said, "They [Oakland Mill] came in pumped. They played a heck of a game. Anytime you can come to Howard County and beat a team you have to feel good about it."
Ginny Dye felt good about the game too, even though her team lost.
"Last year in the states, they scored early and we kind of broke down," said Dye, whose goal tied the game for the Scorpions (0-1-2) in the first half. "We talked about it before the game and said if they scored first this time, we'd fight back. And that's exactly what we did."
Oakland Mills had the first scoring threat seven minutes into the game when Dye's shot from the right side hit the crossbar. Moments later, Dye's header close in was caught by Weibel.
Fallston (3-0) went ahead midway through the half when Megan Tulley took a nice crossing pass from Karen Tiedemann and scored from eight yards out.