Severna Park steps aside, leaves room at the top ANNE ARUNDEL GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEW

September 02, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko, Steven Kivinski, John Harris | Roch Eric Kubatko, Steven Kivinski, John Harris,Staff Writers Staff writer Pat O'Malley contributed to this story

The girls soccer preview in Wednesday's Anne Arundel County Sun contained an incorrect schedule for Severna Park. The correct schedule is below:

Severna Park

Sep. 18... ... ... Arundel... ... ... ... A 5:30 p.m.

21.. ... ... ... . Broadneck... ... ... . A 5:00 p.m.

25... ... ... ... .North County... ... .. A 5:00 p.m.

Oct. 1... ... ... .Queen Anne's... ... .. H 5:30 p.m.

6... ... ... ... . Southern... ... ... .. A 4:00 p.m.

FOR THE RECORD - CORRECTION

9... ... ... ... . Northeast... ... ... . H 5:30 p.m.

13... ... ... ... .South River... ... ... A 5:00 p.m.

16... ... ... ... .Meade... ... ... ... . A 3:45 p.m.

20... ... ... ... .Glen Burnie... ... ... H 5:15 p.m.

22... ... ... ... .Chesapeake... ... ... .H 5:30 p.m.

27... ... ... ... .Old Mill... ... ... .. A 5:00 p.m.

29... ... ... ... .Annapolis... ... ... . H 5:00 p.m.

The time finally has arrived, and some people thought it never would. Severna Park no longer is the unanimous choice as the county's premier girls soccer team.

In fact -- now, brace yourselves for this one -- the Falcons may not even be second-best.

All this leaves is death and taxes as the inevitable occurrences in life.

"If you want to put [the teams] in order," said Broadneck coach David Lord, "Old Mill is it. They probably will not lose a game all year.

"After Old Mill, I'd go Chesapeake, Severna Park and us, and then maybe South River's in there. But Old Mill is definitely the top.

Not so fast, says Patriots coach Bruce Sponsler, whose team lost to Centennial of Howard County, 4-0, in last year's 4A-3A state semifinals.

"They're still going to be the team to beat," he said of the Falcons. "They might not be the dead-on favorite, but they're the team we're most worried about."

Even Stefancik admits that "the pressure's probably on Chesapeake and Old Mill more than Severna Park," but that doesn't mean the Falcons can sneak up on anyone.

"As we all know, everybody is always up when they play Severna Park," Stefancik said. "The kids are aware of that and will always be aware that we seem to bring out the best in other teams."

The following is a closer look at the county's girls soccer teams:

4A League

To talk about Old Mill -- which outscored its opponents, 61-7, before the Centennial game -- means having to rehash all the talent lost to graduation. This includes forwards Terri Bogle (12 goals, five assists) and Teri Lee (10 goals, five assists), halfback Amy Tolley and fullback Jennifer Bostak.

"Out of the 10 seniors we lost, only four were starters, but they were pivotal starters at pivotal positions," Sponsler said of the above group. "It's going to be tough to replace those four kids, but we've had a good JV the last couple of years and we're looking pretty good."

The Patriots have more than just JV talent returning. Let's not forget junior Michelle Salmon (23 goals, three assists), the brilliant forward and Anne Arundel County Sun Player of the Year.

Seniors Stacy Himes, Nicki Matters and Cindy Parulis solidify the halfback position. Seniors Lori Lynch and Kim Wimbrow do likewise at fullback. And junior Jackie Bardelli is back in goal, where she shared time with Amy Drapalski last season.

Bogle and Lee were able to relieve some of the defensive pressure on Salmon. Now, that job falls to junior halfback Jenny Klimes, among others.

Chesapeake coach Lin Sullivan is relieved to learn that his team isn't the only one in the county that's recovering from graduation.

The Cougars, who lost to Dulaney, 1-0, in last year's 4A-3A state semifinals, are without nine seniors (seven starters) from last year. But five senior starters return, including sweeper Nancy Yeager and first-team All-County forward Stacey Necessary (10 goals, six assists).

"With Nancy back, I don't think we'll be giving up a lot of goals," Sullivan said. "Our concern right now is whether we can score. We're going to be counting on our defense to keep the games close.

"I think we have to consider this a rebuilding year because we have a lot to overcome. Whether or not we're as successful as last year remains to be seen." Severna Park hopes to be more successful -- much more.

The Falcons saw their unbeaten streak end at 57 with a 2-1 loss to Old Mill. Later, the Falcons were denied a chance at a fourth-straight state title with a 2-1 defeat to Chesapeake in the regional finals.

"I think the talent was there last year, and I don't think they enjoyed losing," Stefancik said. "Not many of the girls teams at Severna Park, at least the sports they play, lose very much. So, I think that the ability is there, and I think they have a very positive attitude."

Eleven players return, including first-team All-County striker Stephanie Roberts and second-team halfback Amy Carnaggio, which helps to offset the loss of Maryland All-State midfielder Nicki Cecere. Second-team All-County pick Erin Wylde, a junior midfielder-striker, also is back.

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