A Severna Park team still smarting from its upset loss to Broadneck in the 1990 Region IV soccer semifinals took it out on the visiting Bruins last night.
"You saw what it was like out there. All of us had a ton of nervous energy," said goalie Jason Zaks, who benefited from goals by Mike Crawford and Ryan Voegtlin, as Severna Park won, 2-0, for its 30th straight Anne Arundel County League victory since 1987.
Last year's 2-1 playoff loss to the No. 6 Bruins (1-1) in a shootout was on the minds of the No. 3 Falcons, (2-0), Zaks said.
"We lost that shootout [6-3] because I missed my shot, then Brian [Peterson] and Mike [Crawford] missed theirs to start us off," Zaks said. "But now, we're a lot more focused and set on our task. That task is to win 16 games and the state championship."
PTC Each team had 11 shots, but Broadneck failed to capitalize on its best chances. Included was Brian Berger fanning on a loose ball in the goal mouth when Zaks was out of position.
Kevin Schultz cleared that ball away 5 minutes, 30 seconds before halftime, and Severna Park was firmly in control from there.
* Severna Park's top-ranked girls team won its 42nd straight game and remained undefeated in its past 49 (48-0-1) by dropping the No. 6 Bruins, 2-1.
The Falcons (2-0) built a 2-0 lead on goals goals by Nicki Cecere and Amy Carnaggio, then weathered a late Bruins rally that included a second-half goal by Michele Meyer.
"We tired and they took it to us, but Nicki [Cecere] and Amy [Carnaggio] held things together," said Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik.
Aggressive midfield play by Cecere and Carnaggio helped Severna Park dominate the early going. But Bruins goalkeeper Holly Mowry initially kept the winners at bay with five saves, including four straight on Cecere.
However, Stephanie Roberts exploited a Broadneck defensive collapse for the quick give-and-go that resulted in Carnaggio's goal 11 minutes before halftime.
Cecere boosted a 35-yard direct kick over Mowry's head with 31:30 to play. Then, after Meyer drew the Bruins within one, Falcons goalkeeper Alicia Conine stopped Meyer in the goal mouth to preserve the win.
"We had our chances, but it's tough to come back from two down. I was really pleased because the girls didn't stop, and we played a great second half," said Bruins coach Dave Lord, who is 0-7 against his alma mater.