No. 9 Roland Park races past No. 12 Severn, 4-1

October 19, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

To Severn coach Amy McConnell, yesterday's 4-1 loss to ninth-ranked Roland Park was nothing to get upset about. In fact, she thinks it may be something to build on.

After losing to the Reds, 1-0, in last year's Association of Independent Schools championship game, McConnell said that yesterday's lopsided loss may be just what her 12th-ranked Admirals need to gain the psychological advantage in a potential rematch.

"I think we're a better team than last year, and I'm very confident that we'll be back in the finals," said McConnell.

"Today, I don't think we were psyched up enough, but this will only make us more ready for them next time.

"We can build off this."

The Admirals (8-3-1) outshot the Reds, 14-12, but gave up three first-half goals in a nine-minute span to change the complexion of the game.

Hedy Born started things for the hosts with a goal off Elizabeth Rodgers' free hit to make it 1-0 5:55 into the game.

After Claire Wagner scored the only Severn goal, off a pass from Gussie Habeck to tie the score, the Reds' Alli Harper and Erin McInnes scored in quick succession to give their team a 3-1 lead 10:58 before halftime.

"We thought they would come out and really play like they wanted it bad," said Roland Park's Kellie MacDougall, who later added the team's fourth goal, "but they seemed a little flat.

"We tried to play more intense and get to every ball."

McConnell said her team was hampered by a number of players who had the flu or injuries.

Not that the Admirals didn't have their chances.

Despite playing in a defensive posture for most of the second half, Severn got off six shots, including a handful from close range.

But its inability to put the ball in the cage cost it, especially against a team whose coach says she is very surprised by its high output on offense.

"I've gone through years when we've had six ties," said Roland Park coach Debbie Bloodsworth, whose team -- 6-1-1 -- scored more than three goals for the third time this season. "I think we're really starting to put it all together."

That could be bad news for the Admirals, who could very well see the Reds again in the playoffs.

But McConnell says she's not worried.

"We're really disappointed," she said of yesterday's game, "but it's not the playoffs. This is good incentive for us for the next time we meet."

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