Severna Park trips Old Mill on set piece Patriots defend well, but Falcons escape, 1-0

Girls soccer

September 19, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

An uneasy feeling comes with dominating but not having anything to show for it.

That was the case in the first half last night at Severna Park, where the Falcons had chance after chance against Old Mill.

Not only did the scoreless first half have the Falcons wondering what they had to do to get a shot into the net, but it also gave the visiting Patriots growing confidence, which made for an interesting second half.

Finally, with 13 minutes left, sophomore midfielder Meg Miller broke through to provide No. 8-ranked Severna Park with a 1-0 win.

Junior defender Meredith McAlister started the game-winner with indirect kick from 30 yards out on the left side. Her cross skipped through to the far post, where Miller one-timed it home.

"It was a perfect pass. I knew Meredith was coming to that end, but I wasn't sure if it would get by the defender. Once it did, I just stood there waiting," Miller said.

And finishing.

With the wet turf, the ball took a nasty skip, but Miller handled it nicely to find the top-right corner.

The Falcons (5-2) had a 7-0 edge in corner kicks in the first half -- a clear indication of the territorial edge they enjoyed. But some solid defense from Old Mill (3-2) and some shots high or wide left the game even.

"At the half, we just told them not to let the intensity fall and just keep shooting," said Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik.

And while Severna Park's intensity didn't fall in the second half, Old Mill's went up. The Patriots starting winning more balls at midfield, thus creating some opportunities for their offense.

Stephanie Hines collected a through-ball midway through the half and took a shot, but Severna Park goalkeeper Kerry York smothered it.

The Old Mill effort, however, left coach Bruce Sponsler pleased, and he was quick to applaud his defenders for their effort in the first half that kept keep the team in the game.

"I thought we came out and played very well in the second half. We started stepping up with them and got some opportunities," he said. "We committed too many fouls in our third of the field, which gave them a lot more restarts.

"It was a beautiful ball [from McAlister] and a beautiful shot -- nothing you can do."

Pub Date: 9/19/97

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