Severna Park wins 1-0, for 4A, Region IV title

November 07, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Severna Park's field hockey team had no trouble getting motivated for yesterday's home game against Queen Anne's. That was taken care of long before the Lions' bus arrived.

Most important, the Falcons needed a win to advance to next week's state playoffs. But they also wanted to gain a measure of revenge for an upset loss to Queen Anne's on Oct. 27 that ended the program's regular-season winning streak at 35 games.

Playing with more emotion than it has shown in recent weeks, top seed Severna Park defeated the third-seeded Lions, 1-0, in the Class 4A, Region IV finals.

The Falcons (13-1), ranked No. 1 in the metro area, won their 12th regional title. They will continue their quest for a sixth state championship Monday at Goucher College.

Sophomore Diane Mooney, a left wing, scored her second goal of the year with 19:13 remaining to decide the outcome. Junior Colleen Gately had driven the ball toward Queen Anne's keeper Melissa Rhode. The Lions' Lauren Morris tried to clear it, but Mooney reached out and flicked a shot past Rhode (five saves).

The Falcons won yesterday's game in the same way they have controlled so many others this year -- with defense. Queen Anne's (7-6-1) didn't register a shot on goal in becoming Severna Park's 11th shutout victim.

Broadneck also went without a shot in Tuesday's 3-0 loss to Severna Park in the regional semifinals.

"The whole second half, I don't think [Queen Anne's] got down inside the 25-yard line," said 18th-year coach Lil Shelton, crediting defenders Tracy McGarry, Jenny Collins and Christina Ferris.

Severna Park had five corners in the first half, and each time, Tressa Campbell would slap the ball toward the middle, where Liz Wilson would stop it and pass to Gabrielle Cormier for the shot. But the ball either would be deflected out front, or Rhode would make a kick save.

With Cormier (eight goals, one assist) bothered by a sprained ankle, the Falcons needed someone else to step forward offensively. And that player turned out to be Mooney.

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