Severna Park girls soccer streak ends
The longest girls soccer win streak in national history ended last night at Severna Park, where South River tied the top-ranked Falcons, 1-1, in overtime.
Severna Park's three-time defending state 4A/3A champions had won 46 straight games since tying Northeast, 1-1, on Oct. 11, 1987. The Falcons' streak broke the 41 consecutive wins by Agura (California) High School in 1987-91, according to the "1991 National High School Sports Record Book."
Severna Park remains unbeaten in its past 54 games (52-0-2) since losing the Nov. 6, 1987 Region IV final to eventual state champion Old Mill, 2-0. That is the fifth-longest unbeaten streak. Franklin (Tenn.) High School did not lose in 96 consecutive games from 1981-88.
South River's Chrissy Burke took Holly McCleary's chip from midfield and beat Severna Park goalie Alicia Conine from 14 yards out at 27 minutes, 5 seconds of the second half. That equaled Nicki Cecere's goal on a feed from Stephanie Roberts just 10 minutes into the game.
Severna Park (6-0-1) outshot South River (4-3), 27-10, including 6-0 in the overtime, but could not crash through. Americans Lori McNeil and Pam Shriver won opening-round matches in the women's European Indoors championship in Zurich.
McNeil defeated fellow American Amy Frazier, 7-6 (7-1), 6-3, and Shriver, of Lutherville, ousted Canada's Helen Kelesi, 6-3, 6-2.
Willie Richardson, former Jackson State and Baltimore Colts wide receiver, is recovering in Georgetown University Medical Center here after he suffered his second heart attack in recent months.
Officials said Richardson underwent an angioplasty Sunday after doing the color commentary for the radio broadcast of the Jackson State-Delaware State game in RFK Stadium. The same procedure had been performed Aug. 1 at St. Francis Medical Center in Monroe, La.