No. 3 Severna Park marches into state final, 2-0 Defense rises again to turn back Bowie

November 11, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Mission accomplished.

Severna Park turned back Bowie, 2-0, yesterday in the state Class 3A-4A semifinals at Catonsville Community College.

The third-ranked Falcons not only picked up a berth in the state 3A-4A championship game Friday night at Old Mill but they didn't reveal too many secrets to their opposition -- Centennial, the winner of last night's other 3A-4A semifinal at Catonsville.

Severna Park merely put on a methodical exhibition against Bowie, which was making its first appearance in the state tournament.

No one has scored on Severna Park (16-1-1) in five tournament games and a lot of the credit has to go not only to goalkeeper Shannon Chaney but to what just might be the best defensive unit in the state.

Sweeper Jess Miller and fullback Jill Harrison made life easy for Chaney again last night, as they shut off almost every promising Bowie (13-2) scoring situation.

Chaney had to make only one fairly tough save and that came with 14 minutes left in the game and Severna Park leading, 1-0.

Bowie freshman Michelle Ondrus dribbled the ball nearly the length of the field and came face-to-face with Chaney (48 shutouts in her career) from about 12 yards when she decided to shoot.

It was a decent low liner by Ondrus but not nearly tough enough to solve Chaney.

Twenty-six seconds later, Courtney Lemon scored off a rebound to give Severna Park a 2-0 lead.

The first Severna Park goal came 24:16 into the first half off a direct kick by Lindsey Poland from 20 yards outside the right side of the penalty box. Poland sent the ball right at goalkeeper Jessica Garhart and it bounced out of her hands and rolled around briefly before Harrison and Katie Rowles teamed up to tap the ball into the net.

Poland was credited with the score but either Harrison or Rowles could have been given the goal.

Like Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik has said all year: "We have been scoring by committee."

"I don't know what it was," said Stefancik. "But we weren't really into this game. We're going to have to look a lot better than this to win Friday."

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