Long helps Severn to first championship Admirals sail by S. Keough, 3-0 Girls soccer

November 05, 1993|By Lem Satterfield | Lem Satterfield,Staff Writer

Severn's girls soccer team established a string of firsts with yesterday's 3-0 victory over Seton Keough for the Catholic League B Division crown at Utz Twardowicz Field.

The Admirals (11-1-2), who were 7-5-1 last season, already had eclipsed the school record for victories (nine). Yesterday, they won their first championship in their initial title-game appearance under first-year coach Tom Ehart.

Senior scoring leader Sarah Long (20 goals) finished with two goals, and sophomore Monique Jennings (14 goals) had a goal and two assists.

"Everything, along with our 10 shutouts, is a school record," said Ehart, the league's Coach of the Year. "They've just responded so well and have done it all year long."

His keeper, Kara Lawson, (17 saves) had a strong game against the Gators' attack of Sarah Tollick (10 goals, five assists) and Karen Murphy (11, three) -- especially in the first half, when Seton Keough dominated in shots 10-4.

The Admirals' defense of Caroline Cassidy, Kate Graw, Kelly Creach and Stephanie Turk withstood early pressure, with Lawson stopping six of the Gators' first seven shots.

"We didn't come out too well in the first half," Lawson said. "And without my team in front of me, I couldn't have done it."

Severn and Seton Keough (10-6-1) -- the regular-season champion and runner-up, respectively -- met twice earlier in a scoreless tie and a 3-2 Severn victory.

"We were really nervous about this game this time," Long said. "But we knew we could do it if we just maintained focus."

Long put Severn up 1-0 at the 21-minute mark of the first half, banging her team's third shot of the game past keeper Melanie Morris (seven saves).

Morris was grounded after blocking Long's two previous point-blank attempts and one by Jennings, who was marked by Katie Hammen.

Gators coach Dede Clapp moved Morris (seven goals, 10 assists) to the front line after Jennings scored her team's final goal with 12 minutes left in the game, but to no avail.

"I was hoping to keep it close, then put her [Morris] up front to add some spark," Clapp said. "But these two teams are too closely talented, and with their lead it just didn't work."

McDonogh 2, John Carroll 0

Area scoring leader Laurie Schwoy (49 goals, 19 assists) had a goal and an assist to lead the Eagles (19-0) to the Catholic League A Division crown.

Midfielder Christina Coroneos had her 13th assist, and All-Metro sweeper Alison Schroeder and stopper Liz French (one goal) anchored McDonogh's ninth shutout.

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