Traveling Falcons treat themselves to 3-0 win

November 01, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

SALISBURY -- Severna Park showed up on Halloween dressed as one of the top teams in the Baltimore metro area and the trick was on host James M. Bennett in the quarterfinals of the 3A-4A East Region playoffs.

The No. 3 Falcons (13-1-1) traveled nearly 100 miles back to the western shore with a 3-0 treat over the Eastern Shore's top team.

Tonight's North County at Annapolis (7 p.m.) winner meets Severna Park in the region semifinals Friday. If North County advances, Friday's game will be at Severna Park. An Annapolis victory and the Panthers will be hosts.

Fans at Wicomico County Stadium, who enjoyed what was only the second season of girls soccer on the shore, were treated to a clinic. Senior Lindsey Poland scored once in each half and junior Dana Cappello got the middle goal in the first half.

The Falcons totally shut down Bennett (13-1), which came in outscoring its opponents 74-10, including a 5-0 victory over Meade in the first round of the playoffs.

"I think it was amazing they held us scoreless," said losing coach Terry Dix. "We knew we were going up against a formidable foe and were happy to play with them most of the game.

"We knew they had an excellent defense and keeper but we usually penetrate and score. We couldn't tonight."

Junior back Jill Harrison spearheaded the Falcon defense and successfully marked Bennett's leading scorer Abby Crumpton who scored two goals in the Meade game.

"That No. 13 [Crumpton] is really fast and Jill did a great job keeping her from scoring," said Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik. "And Lindsey played one of her best games this season."

Poland matched her season high of two goals and one assist attained against North County in the regular season.

"Offensively it was one of my better games, but maybe not my best overall," said Poland.

The first goal came off a direct kick by Harrison with Poland heading the ball into the left corner 23:27 into the first half. About six minutes later on a corner kick, Poland assisted Cappello who also got it past Bennett goalie Jaime Bozman (seven saves) into the left corner of the goal.

"We didn't know what to expect from them, but we have stepped it up since losing the county championship to Old Mill," said Cappello. "We were disappointed, but after those two [pressure] games last week with Old Mill we came in more relaxed tonight."

Severna Park out-shot Bennett, 21-9 (12-2 in first half), and there were only two serious shots by the host team. Falcon goalie, Shannon Chaney, who recorded her 46th career shutout, was called on to make just one save in the first half and only four in the second.

With 4:50 left in the first half, Chaney caught a shot by Crumpton with both hands above her head.

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