Wildcats corner Meade, 4-0 Neuberger scores three for No. 2 Severna Park

Field hockey

September 10, 1997|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Despite out-shooting Meade, 21-5, and winning, 4-0, it didn't come easy for No. 2 Severna Park in its first Anne Arundel County Class 4A field hockey game of the season last night.

"They were tough," Severna Park coach Lil Shelton said. "They were very, very good."

Severna Park (2-0, 1-0) controlled the ball throughout and got three goals from Beth Neuberger, another from Sara Zuckerman and two assists from Jess Gaither.

But Meade goalie Kim Forbes repeatedly frustrated the Falcons by playing aggressively and making 17 saves.

Forbes kept Severna Park from taking charge early by stopping several shots at close range in the opening minutes.

"We just kept going straight into her, and that wasn't working," Neuberger said. "Then we started crossing over and hitting the open player."

Neuberger gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead with 7: 56 left in the first half by redirecting a Gaither pass past Forbes. Neuberger made it 2-0 just 87 seconds later by scoring after Jess Mundt crossed to her on the left side.

Zuckerman gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead with 11: 41 left by scoring on a pass from Abby Robison after a corner hit. Neuberger again took a Gaither pass and scored with 1: 02 remaining -- the third Severna Park goal after a corner.

"I think once we got that first goal, they got a little nervous," Neuberger said. "We got our momentum going and got in a groove."

Severna Park kept the pressure on throughout, using its 12 corners to come up with numerous scoring chances and continually testing the Mustangs' defense.

But Meade (1-1, 0-1) kept working. The Mustangs got good efforts from T.J. Driver, Jessica Long and Etta Edwards to help a defense that played tough until the final whistle.

Severna Park had too much talent, however, as the Falcons repeatedly blunted Meade's clears and attacks. Meade often had to struggle to get the ball past midfield and its scoring chances were few and far between.

Other than the game's opening moments, it took Meade nearly nine minutes to get the ball into the Severna Park end. The Mustangs had just one shot in the second half.

But Meade coach Nicki Meshbesher wasn't overly disappointed. The Mustangs were 7-4-1 last year, lost one player, and Meshbesher hopes her team can continue to grow.

"As a whole, we played hard from beginning to end," she said. "We tried hard, [but] the goalie and the defense can't stop everything."

Pub Date: 9/10/97

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