Permenter strikes to lift Severna Park

September 17, 1994|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Sun Staff Writer

When Tammy Permenter played her first game for Severna Park's junior varsity soccer team last year, she had two breakaways. Both times, she shot the ball wide.

Yesterday, Permenter found herself alone against the goalkeeper in her first varsity game, against visiting Old Mill. But this time, the ending was different.

This time, she hit nothing but net.

Permenter, a sophomore striker, waited patiently for Old Mill keeper Stephanie Rose to leave her post, dribbled past her and scored at 36:50 of the first half, before a Patriots defender could get back.

That goal would stand up, and No. 8 Severna Park held off No. 11 Old Mill, 1-0.

"I looked at the goalie and I knew she was coming at me," Permenter said, "so I just cut it on my left side and shot it into the corner.

"What happened last year, I didn't even think about."

Until then, Old Mill had been in complete control, beating Severna Park to the ball and holding a 10-7 edge in shots at halftime. The opportunities were there, but the goals weren't.

Falcons senior keeper Shannon Chaney had much to do with that, making seven saves during the half and finishing with 10.

Rose was nearly as good, stopping seven shots, including one from Dana Capello in the first half when the senior captain dived to her left to make the deflection.

"This is a frustrating loss to a certain degree, but it's also enlightening for me," said Old Mill coach Bruce Sponsler, whose team won its first game on Wednesday, 1-0, at Roosevelt. "I know we played very well and that was our goal. To play such a big game so early, we wanted to go out and play a very good game.

"We thought if we played a very good game, we would win, but we didn't. Usually, when we play that well, we do win. But tonight, the breaks didn't go for us.

"Stephanie made the right play on that ball. It just didn't roll quite as fast and as hard as we thought."

Permenter's goal wasn't the only painful moment for Old Mill. Senior right-halfback Kerri Eland sprained her left ankle just 2:06 into the game. She stayed on the bench, with an ice pack on the ankle and a look of frustration on her face.

"It didn't have anything to do with the outcome of the game, but she's a captain and really a good, steady starter for us," said Sponsler, whose team outshot Severna Park, 17-12. "She's probably a 65- to 70-minute girl."

Severna Park played its best soccer over the last 40 minutes, which, thanks largely to Permenter and Chaney, would suffice.

"The ball was down on our defensive end for quite a bit of the first half," said Falcons coach Joyce Stefancik, "but that goal was the turning point. And the second half was more to our advantage.

"What it boiled down to was we had a chance to score and took advantage of it."

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