Is Severna Park back? Falcons beat St. Mary's Noble's two goals create No. 1 Saints' second loss

September 28, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

The Severna Park team that found a way to win 54 straight games over four years before being shocked by Severn three weeks ago is back.

The third-ranked Falcons made top-ranked St. Mary's their fifth straight victim last night since that loss to the Little Admirals, turning back the Saints, 2-0, behind Amy Noble's two goals and the goaltending of Laura Snider, who had eight saves.

Noble and her teammates have made quite a statement since their season-opening 1-0 loss to Severn, with Noble scoring nine goals and the Falcons outscoring five opponents by a 19-0 margin.

Noble said the Falcons are playing better now than any of the three unbeaten teams she was part of in the past three seasons.

"We're getting it all together and making a run," said Noble, who drove the ball into the net from 15 yards out for the first goal last night late in the first half and then, in the second half, sent another scorcher into the goal from 10 yards away.

"It's not like we're suddenly playing much better," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton. "We didn't play badly against Severn. They just scored one goal."

Last night, it was a charged up St. Mary's team that came to Severna Park looking for a big victory to bounce back from Tuesday's 3-0 setback at the hands of unranked Roland Park.

Talented senior forward Natalie Brookman and the senior-dominated Saints (6-2) believed they had a good chance to pay the Falcons (5-1) back for many losses in recent years.

St. Mary's attacked the Severna Park goal relentlessly early in the game but couldn't beat Snider and the likes of Falcons defenders Julie Shank and Krista Bowerman.

"We've wanted to beat them for four years, and we still couldn't do it tonight," said Brookman. "I felt the loss to Roland Park helped us, because we had our heads too high in the air over being No. 1 this week."

Brookman often led breakaway opportunities down the left sideline for St. Mary's, but the stingy Severna Park defense always closed ranks to deny the very quick Brookman a good shooting angle.

When Brookman or teammates Sarah Tengwall, Roberta McKenna and Lauren Kenchington did get off high-percentage shots, they either missed by inches or were rejected by Snider.

"It happens every year," said St. Mary's coach Patti Lavell. "I thought we played well but just couldn't score. Laura Snider's a good goalie, and Amy Noble got free a couple of times for good goals."

Pub Date: 9/28/96

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