Top-seed Severna Park handles Arundel, 19-3

May 14, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

Though it didn't show, Severna Park wasn't at full strength for yesterday's Class 3A-4A East Region playoff game with Arundel.

It only seemed that way.

The top-seeded and top-ranked Falcons continued their push toward a fifth consecutive 3A-4A state championship by eliminating Arundel from the region semifinals, 19-3, as 10 different players scored.

Seniors Kathy McCafferty, Colleen Gately and Kelly Clark each had three goals for Severna Park (13-0), which will meet second-seeded Annapolis in Tuesday's final. Tressa Campbell had two goals and two assists, and Melissa Ballance and Susan Stanke scored twice.

The Falcons were without second home Shelley Seivert, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in Tuesday's 20-7 victory over Arundel and will need surgery. Her replacement, Lindsay Poland, was in Norway attending a select soccer tournament.

All of which meant little to Severna Park, which has outscored its opponents, 189-40.

"I was concerned about missing those two," said coach Carin Peterson, whose program won three straight 4A state-regional titles before the format change. "We have a lot of depth, and luckily we had people step up for us."

The Wildcats (10-5), making their first playoff appearance, lost their last three games. But coach Christine Fellona didn't leave with an empty feeling.

"We'll be back next year," she said. "The girls are really happy. We're happy we got here. They're learning the mental part of playoffs. It's a totally different game.

"A win would have been hard and the girls knew that, but they never once gave up. We're playing for next year."

When Katie Hanburger scored off a pass from Jill Jones at 3:53, Arundel had sliced the Falcons' lead to 3-2 in what had the makings of a see-saw affair.

That is, until the hosts ran off the last nine goals of the half to lead, 12-2. Then, the game became another Severna Park blowout.

Gately and McCafferty each had three goals and an assist in the half. Clark had scored twice.

Tressa Campbell converted a pass from Diane Mooney at 2:45 of the second half, giving Severna Park 10 unanswered goals, a streak that ended at 4:53 when Lesley Knowles scored unassisted.

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