Severna Park gets kick out of success Mind games carry team to top ranking in area

November 14, 1995|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

First it was a secret magic potion. Then came the old rubber band gimmick.

There seems to be no end to the psychological ploys that assistant Severna Park girls soccer coach Chuck Seivert will use to help his team win a state 3A-4A championship this season.

The magic potion was rubbed on the hands of all the players before they went out and beat county rival Old Mill, 1-0, in the first round of the regionals.

The rubber bands were placed on the wrists of all the girls before they beat Bowie, 2-0, in the 3A-4A semifinals at Catonsville Community College last Friday.

If a girl wasn't playing up to her capabilities against Bowie, Seivert said he pulled on the rubber band and let it snap against the player's wrist in hopes of getting her mind back on the game.

Now the 16-1-1 Falcons are not only the new top-ranked girls soccer team in the Baltimore metro area but they are one win away from a state title.

So what will Seivert do next?

His credibility as a master psychologist and trickster is on the line in the game of the year.

It will be No. 1 Severna Park against No. 2 Centennial (13-3-1) Friday night at 7:30 at North County.

"I can't tell you," said Seivert with a wry smile. "It's a secret. But I will say it will be something really special. I only do this for big games and this is obviously the big one."

Head coach Joyce Stefancik is always a smiling and virtually noncommittal participant in Seivert's little games and obviously loves every minute of it.

"Let's just say the girls got smacked," said Stefancik of the rubber-band treatment last Friday night.

Stefancik and Seivert complement each other as the coaches of this Severna Park squad, which is shooting for the school's fourth state girls soccer championship.

Stefancik is a quiet but stern leader who is known for her ability to teach the game.

Seivert is a fiery coach who loves game situations and extracting every ounce of ability out of his players. He is the one making most of the noise on the sidelines.

He knows how to get a player's attention.

Stefancik likes to give the players a well-prepared game plan and hopes they can go out and execute it without her having to get in their face.

However, they both realize all the magic potions and all the coaching moves in the world would not work if they didn't have the players.

There are very few weaknesses on this team.

The talent begins with Shannon Chaney in the goal and runs all the way through sophomore Nancy Turnblacer, who scored two goals in the playoffs after being called up from the junior varsity.

Chaney has given up just three goals all season and has not been scored on in the playoffs. She even came out of the goal in the second half against Annapolis in the 4A East semis and scored as a forward.

Chaney, 5 feet 11, has 48 career shutouts, including one against nationally-ranked Bishop O'Connell (Va.) this season.

Before getting to Chaney, opponents have to get past fullbacks Jill Harrison, Jess Miller and Leigh Ann Emrich.

In the midfield, there is loads of talent in Lindsey Poland (eight goals, six assists), Katie Rowles (six goals, one assist), Beth Ann Houck (two goals, six assists), Susan Stanke (two goals), Jennie Voishan (one goal, two assists), Carol Prickett (two assists), Linda Hall (two goals, two assists), Jen Lindler (three assists) and Sabita Krishnan.

The top strikers are Dana Cappello (eight goals, two assists), Courtney Lemon (six goals, two assists), Gretchen Hergenroeder five goals), Cate Keller (three goals) and Meghan Young (one goal, one assist).

With 14 players having scored goals and no one scoring more than eight, there is little wonder Stefancik has called her offense "Scoring by committee."

But the committee has done the job.

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