Joyce Stefancik knew her Severna Park girls soccer team was bound to lose a game sooner or later.
It finally happened yesterday.
Senior forward Terri Bogle scored the game-winner at 4 minutes, 53 seconds of the second half, as No. 2 Old Mill (11-0) beat No. 4 Severna Park (8-1-2), 2-1, ending the nation's fifth-longest all-time unbeaten streak at 57 games.
Earlier this month, a 1-1 tie with South River halted the Falcons' national-record 46-game winning streak. They were tied by Chesapeake, 3-3, the following week.
"We haven't lost in so long, but it's unnatural not to lose," said Stefancik, in her 13th season.
If any team was going to knock off Severna Park, it figured to be Old Mill, which owned the last win over the Falcons, 2-0, Nov. 6, 1987, in a state playoff game.
The Patriots won their second consecutive state title that season, before Severna Park began a three-year reign as champion.
"The one thing that was the difference tonight is we were going to and through the ball," said Old Mill coach Bruce Sponsler, in his sixth season.
"It was just time for the streak to come to an end, but I have a very distinct feeling we'll be seeing Severna Park again in the next couple weeks [in the state playoffs]. I really believe that fully."
The visiting Falcons scored first at 30:23 of the opening half, when Bogle took a pass from Teri Lee on the right side and drilled a shot into the lower-left corner of the net. But Severna Park retaliated seven minutes later when senior forward Cathi Hanson kicked a slow roller past onrushing Patriots sophomore keeper Jackie Bardelli (eight saves).
Bogle scored the tie-breaking goal after Falcons keeper Alicia Conine (seven saves) had deflected a shot from Lee.
"I just happened to be there," said Bogle, who has nine goals this season.
"We just decided we wanted to beat Severna Park today, and we came out and played like we should have."
The win virtually assured Old Mill of the top seeding in next week's Region II playoffs.