Severna Park rolls to county title, 4-1 Falcons top Chesapeake for 49th straight win

October 24, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

On this night, there were no chinks in the armor of the streaking Severna Park field hockey team.

The unbeaten and top-ranked Falcons made it 49 consecutive victories by out-playing Chesapeake in nearly every phase of the game for a 4-1 victory in the Anne Arundel county championship game at Severna Park.

Even a perfectionist such as Severna Park coach Lil Shelton struggled to find flaws in her team's effort last night.

"We passed well, we were quick to the ball, played super defense and gave a total team effort," said Shelton. "We wanted to make a statement in this game, which was a showcase for field hockey in the county. All the county coaches were here, we had a big crowd and we won a true championship game."

Severna Park, which has not lost a game since October 1992, was forced to a shootout after two scoreless overtime periods before beating Chesapeake, 1-0, in the regular season this year.

Last night, it was a showdown between the best in the Southern Division (Severna Park) and the best in the Northern Division (Chesapeake).

Chesapeake (8-5) found out early it was in way over its head last night against a much more talented Severna Park team that was especially charged up for the game.

No one was more inspired than junior forward Amy Noble, who scored three goals for the first time ever in her two seasons on the varsity despite coming out of the game with 10 minutes left.

Noble scored the first three goals of the game for Severna Park, giving the home team a 3-0 advantage with 17 minutes remaining in the second half.

Her third goal came off a free drive after two first-half goals that were picture perfect in execution.

She made it 1-0 just 6:20 into the game on a nifty quick shot into the net from 20 feet off a pass from Athena Mahoney, and then ran the lead to 2-0 on a blistering shot from the top of the circle 23:40 into the first half.

"I was lucky on the third goal and got a good pass from Athena on the first one," said Noble, who has 16 goals and seven assists this season. "We were pumped up because this was the first real county championship game we had played in."

In past seasons, there were no divisions set up for a championship game at the end.

After Noble gave Severna Park more than enough goals, Kristen Hancock added a little more security for the winners by scoring just two minutes after Noble's third goal.

That was the sign for Shelton to give Noble a rest.

"We had four goals and it was time to get some other people in the game," said Shelton. "We seem to be peaking just at the right time."

The Falcons will begin state regional playoff action Thursday, entertaining Arundel in the quarterfinals at 6 p.m.

For Chesapeake coach Jerry Raab, it was a very long evening: "We had a lot of problems tonight with injuries and some things I don't want to talk about.

"But we'll regroup for the playoffs."

* SPALDING 2, ST. MARY'S 1: Jennifer Thomas broke a 1-1 tie in the first half with a goal assisted by Stephanie Paxson, as Spalding (11-4) snuck by St. Mary's (12-2-2).

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