Lions beat top-seeded Severna Pk. 3A-4A girls soccer

November 20, 1993|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

For the past two years, Dulaney coach Kathy Schmidt has been answering questions about the frustration of being second-best in the state girls soccer final.

Last night, she got to talk about something else: winning.

Goals from freshman Paige Young, senior Aimee Vaughan and sophomore Ali Schuch lifted second-seeded Dulaney over No. 1 seed Severna Park, 3-0, in the Class 3A-4A final at Liberty High School.

The victory completed a Baltimore County sweep, with Loch Raven claiming the 1A-2A title earlier in the night, 2-0, over Hammond.

No. 4 Dulaney (14-2) controlled the ball for most of the opening half, and Young made sure it had something to show for the effort.

She sprinted past Falcons defender Susan Stanke on the left wing and lofted a shot into the right corner of the net at 13:45.

It would turn out to be the only goal the Lions needed.

"These are the greatest group of girls," Schmidt said. "They've worked hard all season. They were disappointed when they didn't win their county, but we said, 'Oh well, let's win the states.' "

Severna Park sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Chaney had tied a school record with 13 shutouts this year, and she was never busier than last night.

She had nine saves by halftime, as Dulaney held an 11-2 advantage in shots and a 1-0 lead.

The No. 2 Falcons (14-2) didn't take a shot on goal until 8:15 remained in the half, and Dulaney's Kate Szper made the easy save.

Severna Park's Shelley Seivert bounced a direct kick from about 30 yards off the crossbar with one minute left.

Dulaney took three shots to open the second half before Severna Park crossed midfield.

But the Falcons nearly tied the game when a header from Lindsey Poland got past Szper -- but went wide of the right post.

Severna Park didn't benefit from the same good fortune as Dulaney on the other end.

Vaughan scored her 42nd goal of the season at 8:50 after Chaney had come out to play a free kick by Wendy McClelland, and Schuch netted her 27th off a pass from Vaughan at 18:20.

Severna Park was fortunate to be down by only one goal at halftime. Chaney had to make sprawling saves to deny Young and Abby Baushman, and she stopped two shots in quick succession with about 19 minutes left.

Chaney had 19 saves, including a leaping grab to deny Vaughan with about six minutes left.

She was replaced by Lauren McAlister and played in the field for the last two minutes.

Afterward, Vaughan talked about the importance of winning the title in her final season at Dulaney.

"This just feels so good," she said. "I really thought the game would be closer than this."

So did a lot of people.

"With a state game, you expect it to be closer," Schmidt said, "but you never know what is going to happen."

Schmidt praised her goalkeeper, who made four saves and was coming off a strong effort in the regional playoffs, including a 1-0 win over Chesapeake.

She didn't have to be as acrobatic as Chaney, but she posted her 10th shutout.

"She did an outstanding job," Schmidt said of Szper. "These girls all complement each other so well."

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