Fallston dominated most of the first 60 minutes last night against Liberty. The host Cougars outshot the Lions, 18-2, repeatedly threatening to score.
But No. 13 Liberty had scored on both its shots for a one-goal lead. Randi Falk then tied the game for No. 12 Fallston midway through the second half, and the Cougars withstood a furious Liberty onslaught, battling through two overtimes to a 2-2 tie.
Fallston controlled nearly everything until midway through the second half. But Liberty's tough defense made it difficult for Fallston (0-1-1) to finish.
"We're trying to learn to finish," said Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson. "We had several opportunities, but it's going to take some games to [get together]."
Starting midway in the second half, Liberty (0-0-1) reeled off 13 straight shots, into the second sudden-death overtime period.
Liberty had few chances before that, but took advantage of them. Haley DeLaurence, playing in her first game since 1993 after missing two years because of two knee (anterior cruciate ligament) injuries, headed in a Shanna Zeigenfuss free kick 13: 58 into the game for a 1-0 lead.
That seemed to awaken Fallston. The Cougars tied it 3: 42 later when Jen Cook dribbled through several Liberty defenders and put a low shot inside the left post.
Liberty scored on its second shot of the game with 34: 01 left in regulation. Tiffany Williams blocked a pass at midfield, spun and raced downfield to score on a high shot for a 2-1 lead.
But with 27: 20 remaining, Fallston's Cindy Wolf sent a corner kick into the box that Falk headed in to make it 2-2.
That goal seemed to awaken Liberty, which started its 13-shot run. The Lions' best chance came in the final minutes of regulation when DeLaurence got a loose ball in the box and fired a shot that Fallston goalie Candi Kuligowski blocked from her knees.
"The intensity just rose," said DeLaurence. "e knew we could beat this team, and we all played together."
Said Liberty coach Sam DeLaurence: "This team played phenomenal in the last half."
Fallston wound up outshooting Liberty by only 21-16, but the Cougars came back in the second overtime, pushing Liberty back for most of the 10 minutes, unable, however, to put the ball in.
Pub Date: 9/11/96