Severn defense stands up, delivers Admirals win, 2-0, over St. Paul's

October 09, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

An offense that has scored 33 goals in eight games is bound to get all the attention.

But the Severn School field hockey team's defense no longer can remain hidden. Not after yesterday's game against visiting St. Paul's.

The Gators controlled the ball for much of the game, but managed only four shots and no goals in losing to the seventh-ranked Admirals, 2-0.

Senior Melissa Weeks broke a scoreless tie when she converted a pass from Carrie Cole with 13 minutes, 48 seconds left in the game. Senior Brenna Ryan added her 18th goal 48 seconds later.

Only Notre Dame Prep has scored more than once against the Admirals, when the teams played to a 2-2 tie. They've given up just four goals all season and have five shutouts.

"It's a brand-new defense. None of them had worked together," said Severn first-year coach Anne Eisinger, whose team is 6-0-2 overall, 2-0-2 in the Association of Independent Schools A Division.

"It's taken a little bit for them to get together and play together, but they're all doing wonderfully."

St. Paul's knows a few things about defense, too, having allowed just one goal this season before yesterday. The Gators (3-1-1 overall), playing their first A Division game, had a streak of three shutouts broken.

"From what I understand, this has traditionally always been a very competitive game," Eisinger said, noting St. Paul's 1-0 win over Severn last year. "The two schools are both after each other. They both come into this game excited and ready to kill the other one."

The Gators frequently pushed the ball deep into Severn territory in the opening half. And they ran straight into a brick wall.

On their first rush, Severn halfback Emily Franey stripped the ball from Katie Lattik and sent it upfield. The Admirals' Alissa Webb, a senior halfback, cleared the ball on St. Paul's next possession, and junior sweeper Becky Paul did the same less than a minute later.

"It seemed like they were controlling play during the first part of the game," Paul said, "but we got the ball out of there."

A St. Paul's shot finally penetrated the Admirals defense -- until it reached senior goalie Christy Cole, whose kick save thwarted Christina Speed. Senior halfback Shelly Smith drilled the ball out of bounds to halt another Gators threat.

"Christy told me, after a couple games last year, she had 60 saves. She hasn't had that many shots on her this year. That's been the beauty of it," Eisinger said.

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