Severna Park defeats Westminster for 4A title

November 15, 1992|By Bill Free | Bill Free,Staff Writer

It was a classic Class 4A championship field hockey game, and when it was over, Severna Park reigned as the new state champion.

The top-seeded Falcons were outplayed often in the game but came out on top, 1-0, against the defending 4A champion Westminster Owls.

It was a rematch of last year's title game, which Westminster won, 1-0, and the game exceeded all expectations.

Both teams -- No. 1 Severna Park and No. 3 Westminster -- showed their best weapons and dueled for 60 minutes.

It was Westminster's explosive offense, led by Tinah Houck (18 goals this season), against Severna Park's incredible defense, which allowed only three goals all season and none in the playoffs.

In the end, the difference was a weird goal by junior forward Colleen Gately with 19:42 left in the game.

Gately scored on the fifth straight shot by the Falcons (15-1) in a frantic attack on Westminster (13-3) goalie Sarah Martin.

Martin turned back the first four, but the fourth rejection somehow got wedged between the feet of Owls' defender Laurie Moody.

That's when Gately came in and somehow pounded the ball from between Moody's feet and into the goal.

Martin, who had 11 saves, said: "I couldn't get to the ball because it was between Laurie's feet and all of a sudden somebody [Gately] started pushing on Laurie and got the ball past me."

The Owls blistered Falcons goalie Rachel Kidwell with 24 shots, including four relentless charges on the Severna Park goal in the final eight minutes.

But each time, Kidwell and her sidekicks (Tracy McGarry, Jenny Collins, Christina Ferris and Mary Jo Mahoney) dodged the bullet.

Kidwell finished with 18 saves, including 10 in the final eight minutes.

"I was just holding my breath and hoping that we could get the ball out of there each time they came at us," Kidwell said. "Every time we go out for a game, we say, 'No goals,' and it works almost every time [13 shutouts in 16 games]."

Said Houck: I think they just lucked out and got a goal. We dominated but couldn't put the ball in."

Severna Park coach Lillian Shelton was asked how her defense stopped the high-scoring Houck.

"Our defense has a way of doing that to people," she said. "We've been No. 1 almost all year and have won six state titles. I believe that speaks pretty good for Anne Arundel County."

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