No. 1 St. Mary's finishes an 'off' Severna Park, 4-1 Saints rebound after 1st-game loss to Liberty

Girls soccer

September 06, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Any question No. 1 St. Mary's had concerning its ability to finish was answered with a very big, opportunistic grin yesterday.

The Severna Park defense simply doesn't allow four goals in a game. That was until yesterday.

With two goals in each half coming from four different players, the Saints rolled to a convincing 4-1 win over the No. 5 Falcons at Weems-Whelan Memorial Field in Annapolis.

The four goals allowed by Severna Park (0-1) was closer to an entire season's worth -- last year's team allowed just five the entire way -- and left veteran coach Joyce Stefancik a bit %J stunned.

"I've never seen us like that. We did not communicate, we did not move to the ball, and St. Mary's was doing everything. I thought our kids were ready. I'm embarrassed," she said.

For St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin and his Saints, yesterday's performance was a chance to forget their season-opening 2-1 loss to No. 9 Liberty Thursday.

"It was a very nice finish today -- all four times," said Tobin, whose Saints peppered 20 shots toward the Liberty goal the night before only to have one find the back of the net. "The difference was night and day. Against Liberty, we were tentative and constantly on our heels. Against Severna Park, we came out with confidence and were aggressive -- going after it."

The Saints midfield -- Maria Smear, Susan MacWilliams, Melissa Anderson and company -- went after it most, controlling the tempo from start to finish.

St. Mary's had all the chances early on until Severna Park made the most of its only opportunity of the first half when sophomore Jen Cielewich scored off a quick counter 12 minutes into the game.

St. Mary's senior Tiffany Schummer answered moments later with a tough-angle goal from the left.

The game-winner came midway through the half as sophomore Melissa Raszewski put in the first goal of her varsity career.

Severna Park came out with some pressure in the opening minutes of the second half, but 15 minutes in, a 25-yard free kick from St. Mary's junior stopper Kelly Bertwell bounced off Severna Park freshman goalkeeper Kerry York and into the top left corner for a 3-1 lead.

Senior Erin Coppedge added the fourth two minutes later.

No. 15 Patterson 2, No. 7 Dundalk 1: In boys soccer, Guillermo Pineda's penalty kick with 10 minutes left enabled the Clippers (1-0) to upset the Owls (0-1).

Pub Date: 9/06/97

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