Severna Park breezes to 7-0 win, gains 3A-4A final against Bowie Girls soccer

November 03, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Gwynn Park came to Severna Park's Roberts Field and presented strong testimony that girls soccer in Prince George's County has a long way to go.

Top-seeded Severna Park breezed by fourth-seeded Gwynn Park, 7-0, last night and advanced to the Class 3A-4A South regional final at 3 p.m. Saturday at Roberts Field.

The Falcons (12-1) will oppose third-seeded Bowie, which eliminated No. 2-seed Oxon Hill, 2-1, in last night's first game matching two other Prince George's County teams. Chris Valentine scored Bowie's first goal and Carolyn Van Coverdon kicked in the game-winner with 15 minutes remaining.

The second game was scoreless until the 17th minute when Erin Wylde solved Gwynn Park goalie Shannon Sweeney for her 10th goal of the season.

Three more goals quickly followed, by Shelley Seivert, Dana Cappello and Beth Anne Houck. Cappello, a freshman forward, paced the Falcons with three goals.

Severna Park was clearly superior. In the first half, the Falcons outshot Gwynn Park, 19-1. For Severna Park goalie Shannon Chaney, it was like having a night off.

Lauren McAlister, up from the junior varsity, played the second half. She didn't have to make a single save. On the night, Severna Park outshot Gwynn Park, 46-1.

The Falcons were coming off a 2-0 win over Arundel that clinched the county regular-season championship. In the previous game, against Old Mill, they absorbed their only loss of the season and dropped from co-No. 2 to No. 4 in The Baltimore Sun poll.

"They bounced back from that and played well against Arundel," coach Joyce Stefancik said.

"That may have been the best thing that could have happened to us. It made us realize how hard we have to play."

Jess Hines, one of the Falcons' top scorers, sprained a knee against Arundel in a game that Stefancik described as "very physical."

Hines did not play last night. Seivert, a tri-captain, played, but was hobbled by shin splints and a pulled leg muscle and departed late in the first half.

This is the first time Gwynn Park has had a winning record (6-5-2), much less made the playoffs.

"People expected Eleanor Roosevelt to be in the playoffs," Gwynn Park coach Jim Clagett said.

"They beat us, 5-0, but had a tougher out-of-county schedule and we slipped by them by one point under the rating system."

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