No. 6 Fallston rolls Brunswick for 1A state girls soccer crown, unbeaten season; Ajello scores twice



by Donald Daniels

A season of near perfection ended perfectly for Fallston High girls soccer Thursday night.

The sixth-ranked Cougars won the Class 1A state championship with a decisive 6-0 victory over Brunswick at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

“It’s been a great season, our really tough schedule prepared us so when the games during the tournament got against the other teams got a little more physical and faster, we were more than prepared,” Fallston coach Madison Ferrara said.

In winning its first state crown since 2015, the Harford County school finished unbeaten at 16-0-2. The Cougars tied John Carroll School and Harford Tech during the regular season.

Fallston was dominant in the postseason, outscoring its opponents, 33-1.

Thursday was the coronation. Junior Ellie Ajello scored twice with four other Cougars tallying.

Ava Lambros (left) and Kennedy Mendoza helped Fallston girls soccer a special season Thursday evening. The Cougars won the Class 1A state championship with a 6-0 victory over Brunswick at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

After watching their boys soccer mates lose in the preceding 1A title game on a “golden goal,” with just six seconds left in overtime, Fallston girls weren’t going to leave nothing to chance.

“It was unfortunate that the boys lost, when we saw that we said were going to pick up and win it,” Ferrara said. “We wanted to fight for Fallston, none of the fall teams are their own entity, we all pull, fight and root for each other.”

The Cougars wasted little time. Forty eight seconds in, sophomore Ava Lambros (goal, assist) sent the ball into the goal from 18 yards off a Katherine King assist.

In the 19th minute, Emily Solomon was able to locate the ball off a corner kick and scored. The Cougars converted off another corner as Ajello deposited the ball into the net.

“We approached every game like it was a championship all season,” Fallston senior Kennedy Mendoza said. “Even though we were up, we knew we had to come out just as hard.”

Ajello notched her second goal, blasting a shot into the net in the 45th minute. King followed up with a score of her own one minute later, and Mendoza capped a 3-goal surge in about three minutes to leave no doubt.

“Fallston is a great group, they had more speed up and that was more than we had expected,” Brunswick coach Dara Demich said. “They brought their game, they came out early ready to play and we needed to step more at the beginning.”

It was a perfect ending for Fallston senior class of Juliana Carreira, Katelyn Conrad, Jillian Crawford, Rachel Johnson, Mendoza, Delaney Nicolaus, Marissa Shatzer and Solomon.

“The energy and the team dynamic was really strong this year,” Mendoza said. “Previous years it hasn’t been as strong and it just nice to come practice everyday and see your best friend, it was amazing.

Class 2A state championship

at Ridley Athletic Complex, Loyola University

No. 6 Fallston 6, Brunswick 0

Goals: Ajello 2, King, Lambros, Mendoza, Solomon

Assists: Fallston – King, Lambros

Saves: Brunswick – no saves; Fallston – Crawford 3