Fallston finished off its second successive undefeated season at North Harford last night, scoring twice in the first four minutes, and going on to a 7-0 victory.
The latest Fallston Express, ranked No. 1 in the area and No. 6 in the nation, ran its record to 12-0 for the year, outscoring its foes 73-2.
Where Fallston has used skills and speed to flatten all foes, North Harford (7-3-1), with only one senior, has appeared inconsistent the last 10 days, losing to Bel Air, 3-1, getting sky-high for a 1-0 win over C. Milton Wright, then coming back to earth in its regular-season finale.
The outcome was all but sealed and delivered almost as soon as the game started. A throw-in by Karen Tiedemann went to Megan Tulley's head, and she deflected the ball to Beth Blasi, whose shot to the left side caught North Harford goalkeeper Jessica Colletta going the wrong way.
Not only were the visitors the better team, but they also got a stroke of luck on the game's second goal moments later. A Blasi shot caught the underside of the crossbar and dropped down in front of the goal, where a defender kicked it into the net.
The Tulley-to-Blasi combination worked a second time in the eighth minute and Tulley scored her seventh goal of the season on a pass from Courtney Benner 10 minutes later. Benner, Tatum Szerensits, and Christy Peterson scored the Cougars' second-half goals.
"Before the game, coach [Nancy Ferguson] told me to stay down low [deeper in the offensive end], and it worked," Tulley said of one of her best offensive games of the season.
Ferguson gave her reserves a lot of playing time, and they responded with some good work. "We need the others to step up," she said. "It's important at this time of year," she said.
Colletta ended with 19 saves, including several diving stops, and she might have been challenged more but for the work of junior back Danielle Konschak, who played well in front of her.
One of Fallston's strengths is the play of its players up the middle -- junior Jenn Cook in back and senior Tulley and junior Cindy Wolf in the midfield to go with scorers Blasi (19 goals) and Benner (17 goals) -- and it was evident this time.
"We talk a lot," Cook said, "letting each other know where we are. Our communication is important."
* C.M. WRIGHT 1, BEL AIR 0: Amanda Moculski scored the goal after getting the ball out of a scramble in front of Bel Air's goal with 14 minutes left, and C.M. Wright (10-2, 5-2) beat Bel Air (8-4, 5-2).