Severna Park has opponents seeing double in girls soccer

September 27, 1994|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Sun Staff Writer

At Severna Park, the latest version of the Sister Act is playing.

Never mind Whoopi Goldberg, who played the impish, irreverent nun in the movie of that name. Severna Park's Sister Act consists of five pairs of sisters, including two sets of identical twins, on the 38-girl soccer squad.

Jen Kaupa, a senior midfielder, can see similarities between what Goldberg did in bringing a choir together to sing harmoniously and the Falcons, who have won three state championships since 1988.

"Whoopi pulled all those people together," said Kaupa, whose sister, freshman Lisa, is a junior-varsity defenseman. "We do that, too. We're awesome when we get together."

Kelly Stanton, a junior midfielder, takes it a step further.

"There's no stopping us when we pull together," said Stanton, whose sister, Amy, a freshman, is a JV forward.

Severna Park wasn't stopped often last year. The Falcons went 14-2, reached the Class 4A state final, losing there to Dulaney, and finished No. 5 in The Baltimore Sun poll, ahead of Anne Arundel County rivals Chesapeake (No. 8), Old Mill (No. 9) and Arundel (No. 13).

Most members of the Sister Act arrived already partially trained for coach Joyce Stefancik through the

Green Hornets rec program. Of the 10 girls, the only ones on the varsity are Kelly Stanton and Jen Kaupa.

The Green Hornets fed Severna Park the Kaupas, Stantons, Jill and Cori Softley and twins Colleen and Carrie Rodger. Twins Gretchen and Ericka Hergenroeder, whose Baltimore-native father James was in the Navy, were born in Nova Scotia, then moved to Hawaii, Florida, Annapolis and Severna Park.

"We started playing soccer eight years ago in Hawaii," Gretchen said.

Stefancik has been blessed with sisters before, including Tami and Tina Riley, Lisa and Michelle Cope, Patricia and Allison Vukovich and Susan and Courtnay Stanke. Patricia and Susan are on the squad now.

"Girls around here grow up with Green Hornets soccer," Stefancik said. "There's a winning tradition at Severna Park, and people want to be associated with it. If your older sister plays, you probably do, too."

Jen Kaupa joined the Green Hornets at 7 when the teams were co-ed because there weren't enough girls to fill a separate program. Her brother Brian, three years older, was the first of the soccer-playing Kaupas.

"I went to his games and played on the sidelines with the other brothers and sisters," Jen said. "I was a ball girl. Lisa also started when she was 7."

The Stantons were born in Huntington, N.Y., began playing soccer there and moved here seven years ago. Their father, Harold, a former college soccer player, became a Green Hornets coach.

Amy lost interest in soccer for a few years and became immersed in gymnastics, but, perhaps inspired by Kelly's success, returned two years ago. Kelly is attempting to bounce back from major knee surgery following an injury last year in midseason.

"We're all very competitive at Severna Park," Kelly said. "We're committed. The Green Hornets gives us a jump on the others."

The freshman Rodger twins first tried lacrosse, but quickly tired of it.

"It was stupid," Carrie said. "There was no point to it. You just throw the ball around. Soccer, that's more active. I like to run."

Like the varsity, the Severna Park JV prospers. The JV was unscored upon and undefeated last year, yet had to settle for a piece of the county title with Chesapeake. The Severna Park-Chesapeake match was a scoreless tie.

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