Arundel has last word against Severna Park Jordan's goal cuts down defending champs, 1-0

Girls soccer

November 07, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

Kelly Jordan didn't remember all the details of the spectacular goal she scored last night to shoot down defending state champion Severna Park, 1-0, in the Class 4A-3A East Region girls soccer final, but it didn't matter.

Arundel had dethroned its longtime nemesis and neighborhood rival, and suddenly even the damp and cold Arundel stadium felt warm as the Wildcats swarmed over each other in celebration.

"This was more than just a soccer game," said Arundel defender Rhiannon Palatka. "This was a major happening in our lives. We have our region championship, and I'm going to McDonald's."

It was Arundel's first victory in girls soccer over four-time state champion and second-ranked Severna Park since 1985 and sent the fifth-ranked Wildcats into Saturday's state Class 4A-3A semifinals against Bowie at Severna Park at 7: 30 p.m.

"I told everybody I wanted to beat Severna Park for once in my life," said Karen Diacont, who joined Palatka, Rebecca Langendorf, Lisa Givens and goalkeeper Maria Drury in the defensive spotlight for 15-1 Arundel.

Drury made nine saves in the shutout that gave the Wildcats revenge for a 1-0 loss to 11-2-2 Severna Park in the regular season at Arundel.

But it was Jordan who made a beautiful play to put the only ball in the net last night in what proved to be a fast-paced, entertaining game.

The two talented teams had dueled on virtually even terms until Jordan came flying down the field to block a low, line-drive clearing attempt by Jill Harrison near midfield.

The ball went sailing past Harrison and the entire Severna Park defense -- and Jordan went tearing after it.

The sophomore speedster outran everybody and dribbled in one-on-one against freshman goalkeeper Meg Miller, who came out about five yards to challenge Jordan.

At that point, Jordan chipped the ball over Miller's head and it went just under the crossbar and into the right corner of the net for a 1-0 lead with 4: 15 remaining in the first half.

"It was so close to not going in," said Jordan, who has 21 goals and eight assists this season. "I was thinking, 'Score, score, score' as I went down the field with the ball and said to myself, 'Just get it over her head' -- and it barely made it. We knew we only needed one to win. The whole team stepped it up 120 percent tonight."

For Severna Park, it was a bitter loss.

The Falcons allowed just five goals all season and had 12 shutouts, but they also had trouble scoring, and had only four goals in their last three games.

"[The game's only goal] was so close to not going in. We knew we only needed one to win. The whole team stepped it up 120 percent tonight."

Kelly Jordan,game-winning scorer for Arundel.

"We had our opportunities," said Severna Park co-coach Joyce Stefancik, thinking of one-on-one chances by Meghan Young and Dana Cappello that didn't materialize.

"It was a well-played game and they scored a super goal to beat us. What a game Meg Miller played in the goal for a freshman."

Young almost gave Severna Park a 1-0 lead 15 minutes into the game, but her shot sailed wide by inches. And Cappello had a chance to tie it with 27 minutes remaining when she broke free for a shot on Drury.

But the goalie made the save and the Falcons never managed to get another good chance.

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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