Severna Park captures 4th straight region title

November 09, 1995|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Peaking in the playoffs wins championships and few coaches know that as well as Severna Park girls soccer coach Joyce Stefancik.

Last night the No. 3 Falcons (15-1-1) got two goals from junior Courtney Lemon to produce a 4-0 victory over rival Broadneck (10-4-2) for the Class 3A-4A East Region title.

The two teams met in last year's region final, with Severna Park winning, 2-0.

In blanking Broadneck a second time this season (3-0 regular season), the Falcons won their fourth straight region championship -- seventh in the last eight years.

Severna Park will play the Prince George's County winner out of Bowie and Eleanor Roosevelt 5 p.m. Friday at Catonsville Community College in the state semifinals.

Severna Park will be bidding for its fourth state championship, the last in 1990 (was third in a row) and is peaking at crunch time thanks to a loss that gave them in the words of Stefancik, "our wake-up call."

After losing the Anne Arundel County championship game to Old Mill by 1-0 in double overtime, the Falcons have won four straight in the postseason by outscoring their opponents, 14-0, including a 1-0 payback over Old Mill in the first round.

"Old Mill was our wake-up call, and since that game, our offense has awakened, and we've always played great defense," said Stefancik, who is in her 16th varsity season as the only girls soccer coach the school has ever had.

Lemon sparked the offense by scoring the first two goals.

The first one came on a breakaway with Lemon catching up with her own pass and dribbling the final 35 yards before charging one-on-one at Bruins goalie Sue Conrad (five saves) and scoring with about 15 minutes left in the first half.

"Courtney is peaking at a very nice time," said Stefancik. "She has really improved her skills and our entire offense has awakened."

Nearly five minutes into the second half, Lemon struck again (her fifth goal of the season) after taking a pass from Dana Cappello and scoring from point-blank range to give the Falcons a 2-0 lead.

That goal ignited two more goals, each about 11 minutes apart with Lindsey Poland assisting freshman Dizzy Keller and sophomore Nancy Turnblacer going solo.

"They're a strong team and we made a couple mistakes and they capitalized," said Broadneck coach Leann Shuck. "Chaney is a great goalie, but we didn't test her."

Chaney had most of the night off having to make only two saves in posting her 47th career shutout. She was not tested because of the Falcons' strong midfield and defense led by senior sweeper Jess Milller.

"I'd rather play defense than offense," said Miller. "I started off as a striker my freshman year, but moved to stopper and sweeper and love it."

Miller, who is a team captain, pursues loose balls and errant shots with fervor. She and Jill Harrison had a lot to do with the Falcons outshooting the Bruins, 10-5.

C7 Broadneck got off only one shot in the second half.

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