Severna Park field hockey coach Lil Shelton said of yesterday's gameagainst Broadneck, "This is the way the sport should be played."
It certainly was the way the Falcons have been playing it for so manyyears.
Junior Liz Wilson scored on Severna Park's fourth shot during a first-half scramble in front of the net, and the defense took care of the rest in a 1-0 triumph over the visiting Bruins.
Severna Park, a state finalist last season, improved to 4-0, while Broadneck dropped to 2-1.
Broadneck senior keeper Rachel Sassi made three saves during the crucial flurry at the 24-minute mark before Wilson poked in her initial goal of the season.
"It was getting frustrating," she said. "We were all up against the goal. I just hit it and it went in."
Not all the Bruins were in the cluster, which Broadneck coach Phoebe Kelly said contributed to the goal.
"My midfielders didn't come in to help out," she said. "They said afterward that it wasn't thedefense's fault."
The Falcons' offensive surge was a rarity in a first half largely dominated by Broadneck, which lost twice to Severna Park last season, including 2-0 in the region finals.
Severna Park didn't have a shot on goal yesterday until just over eight minutesremained in the first half. Senior Carolyn Plant maneuvered past Broadneck defender Sarah Bannat but was denied a goal on a kick save by Sassi.
Seconds later, Plant would get around Broadneck defender Paige Bowman, only to be stopped again by Sassi, who finished with seven saves.
"There were so many shots we should have had, but they just didn't go in," said Wilson, whose goal was the first allowed by the Bruins in three games.
Kelly called Sassi "one of the best goalies I've ever had. She's just outstanding."
"They were all winners today," she said of her team. "The score doesn't show it, but we dominated. We ran circles around Severna Park."
Broadneck had a 23-14 edge in shots, but six saves from Falcons' junior keeper Rachel Kidwell and quick recoveries from the Severna Park defenders prevented thevisitors from scoring.
"I told them at halftime that one goal wouldn't do it," Shelton said, "but I didn't realize my defense would come through and be so brilliant."
Bruins senior Elizabeth Piazza had two chances to tie the score before halftime, but Kidwell made a kick save on one attempt, and the other sailed just wide to the left onthe hardest shot of the game.
Kidwell came up big again on a Karen Chesley shot to start the second half. Later, she was caught too far out of the net and nearly surrendered the tying goal. But teammate Chris Flack raced back and, with a quick deflection, preserved the lead with three minutes remaining.
The Bruins had one last chance topull even in the final minute, but Flack knocked down a Melissa Montalto shot.
"These girls looked great today, the way they backed each other up," Shelton said. "It would be nice to have every game likethis. It was fun; nerve-wracking but fun."