Getting back on track: Severna Park rolls, 5-0 Noble scores four, helps Falcons rebound from loss

September 11, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Amy Noble needed only a few words to describe the state of Severna Park field hockey last night, moments after she had scored four goals to help beat Chesapeake, 5-0. The victory came just five days after the Falcons' 54-game winning streak had ended.

"We're one big happy ball now," said Noble, who experienced the worst day of her superb field hockey career last Thursday in a 1-0 loss to Severn that wiped out the 54-game streak.

That "happy ball" came as a result of a players-only meeting last Friday.

"We talked about private stuff," said Noble, a senior. "We wanted to hear each other out and get everybody's feelings on what was wrong with the team. We did that and now everything is fine."

Severna Park coach Lil Shelton said her players were holding hands when she left them alone in the meeting.

"We were fragmented going into the season," said Shelton in response to a question about the team playing more as individuals than a group against Severn. "The players put it all back together on their own by having the meeting."

Last night, it was a different Severna Park team (1-1) that came out and attacked the net for three goals in the first 19 minutes, 30 seconds of the game.

The second-ranked Falcons seemed to find all the open spaces in the defense of 10th-ranked Chesapeake and outshot the Cougars, 20-4. All four of Chesapeake's shots and two corners came in the final two minutes of the game.

Chesapeake (0-1) coach Jerry Raab and her players realized early that they were in the wrong place at the wrong time for their season opener.

They were going against a seething Severna Park team and playing without their top goalkeeper Alissa Gibson, who was ineligible to play last night.

With Gibson out, the goalkeeping chores were in the hands of junior Rana Schreiber. After giving up the first three goals, Schreiber was lifted in favor of senior defensive standout Ryane Bellarin, who was a first-team All-Anne Arundel County choice last year. Bellarin went into the goal with seven minutes left in the first half and shut the Falcons down for 14 minutes with six saves.

But Raab said the team needed Bellarin too much on defense, prompting the coach to send Schreiber back on to the field with 23 minutes left in the game. That's when Noble scored her third and fourth goals off assists from Kristin Crawford and Jill Reim.

Noble had punched in two of the first three goals, with Sara Zuckerman getting Severna Park's other goal. Lauren Hancock and Jessica Gaither assisted on Noble's first two scores.

Pub Date: 9/11/96

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