Severna Park gets back at Centennial 3A-4A girls soccer

November 14, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

Erin Wylde said there was a bitterness that still lingered from last year's defeat to Centennial in the 3A-4A state semifinals. And she vowed to do something about it in last night's rematch.

The senior midfielder scored on a penalty kick at 10:36 of the first half, and Severna Park's defense took care of the rest in a 1-0 victory over fourth-seeded Centennial in the 3A-4A semifinals in Pasadena.

Top seed Severna Park (14-1) will try for its fourth championship when it meets second seed Dulaney, a 1-0 winner over Chesapeake yesterday, in Friday's 8 p.m. final at Liberty.

"We wanted revenge," Wylde said. "This year, we were ready for them."

Centennial (8-3-3), winner of the last two state titles and ranked fifth in the metro area, held a 16-10 advantage in shots. But it didn't get many clean opportunities at Falcons goalkeeper Shannon Chaney.

When an Eagle drew close, a Severna Park defender usually intervened, resulting in the Falcons' 13th shutout this season. Centennial also was drawn offside seven times.

"We pride ourselves on our defense and it came through again," said Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik, whose team lost to Centennial, 3-1, on its home field last year.

"I thought [midfielder] Shelley Seivert had a particularly strong game, and we had [fullback] Jess Hines back and we put her on defense, which is her best position."

Wylde got her chance to put Severna Park ahead when a Centennial player was called for tripping in the box. Wylde grounded a hard shot into the corner of the net, easily out of the reach of goalkeeper Laura Bradburn.

The Falcons, ranked No. 2, almost built on their lead early in the second half, but a shot by Janet Rupert that eluded Bradburn was headed out of the net by Centennial's Tania Riismandel.

"They were very aggressive," said Eagles coach Ricardo Pizarro. "They're big and fast and they ran over us sometimes. We weren't running quite as hard, but we had some good opportunities. I was hoping a penalty wouldn't decide it, but those things happen."

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