Falcons' Poland sets up 2-0 victory over Bruins

November 10, 1994|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Staff Writer

Lindsay Poland was taken by surprise when Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik moved her up from center halfback to striker in the second half. The switch paid off, as Poland assisted on both goals to give the Falcons their third consecutive 3A-4A South regional title with a 2-0 victory over Broadneck at Arundel High last night.

It was the No. 4 Falcons' second 1-0 victory over rival Broadneck (8-7-1) this season and puts Severna Park (14-2-1) in Saturday's 5 p.m. state semifinal at Catonsville Community College against Perry Hall, a shootout winner over C.M. Wright.

Poland, a junior in her third year as a starter, assisted on second-half goals by junior Beth Anne Houck and freshman Leigh Anne Emrich.

"Lindsay is an excellent ball handler and she set up both goals at a time when we felt like the tide was going our way," said Stefancik, whose Falcons lost to Dulaney, 3-0 in last year's state final.

Broadneck outplayed and outhustled Severna Park in the first half, but had nothing to show for it. If relentless pursuit counted for something, the Bruins would have been way out in front.

"We didn't finish anything, but unlike the first game they didn't dominate us, and we played to win this time, not to lose," said Leann Shuck, Broadneck's first-year head coach. "One point in the second half, we kind of lost our intensity and they took advantage."

At that point, Poland set up a kick to Houck, who said she "called for it." Houck chipped it in on a towering arch into the left corner just under the crossbar for the game's first goal at the 25:36 mark.

"Usually when I score, I hit them low, on a line, but I got that one up and hoped it would break Broadneck's spirit," said Houck. "I vTC kind of thought the first team to score would win."

If Poland-to-Houck didn't break the Bruins' spirit, Poland-to-Emrich about six minutes later did.

"Leigh Anne was wide open in the middle and I got it to her and she put it in," Poland said of Emrich's liner past Bruin goalie Joy Banaras, who finished with seven saves.

"I was surprised they moved me to striker, because I've played center halfback all season," Poland said. "But I guess she [Stefancik] wanted to get me more in flow and it worked."

Severna Park goalie Shannon Chaney had seven saves, and the Falcons held a 12-11 edge in shots.

"We always play good against them, and I thought we actually played a stronger game overall than they did," said Shuck.

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