Severna Park dispatches Chesapeake Neuberger's 2 goals pace third-ranked Falcons, 4-0

Field hockey

October 04, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It was Chesapeake that came out with plenty of energy, looking for the upset in front of a big Friday night crowd.

Severna Park, as usual in Anne Arundel County, was the team to leave the lasting impression -- an impressive one.

After a short flurry from No. 11 Chesapeake in the opening minutes, the No. 3 Falcons went to work, dissecting the host Cougars in a comfortable 4-0 win.

Senior Beth Neuberger led the way for the Falcons (9-1) with two goals; sophomore Erin Shaklee added the all-important first goal and an assist.

It was Neuberger's first goal of the game, coming midway through the second half and providing the Falcons with a 3-0 lead, that everyone was talking about after the game.

Senior sweeper Christine Ballance started the play from the back with a long hit down the right side to junior Beth Davis, who sent a diagonal pass to Neuberger in stride along the left side.

"That felt really good," said Neuberger, who scored her ninth goal of the season a little later. "I've been working on my one-touches and I just tried to keep my feet moving and concentrate on the ball."

The play reflected the entire night for the Falcons, who did well to use the entire field, working the ball down the wings before pushing it inside.

They opened the scoring when Shaklee pounded home a loose ball in front after Davis did some good work in the right corner.

Junior Jess Gaither made it 2-0 with 6: 25 left in the half when she finished off a connection from senior Beth Horn. Again the play started along the right side before being brought across the crease for the goal in front.

"Our passes were great tonight. It was a wide-open game, the ball moved nicely with the fast field. That's the kind of game we like to play," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton. "Everybody was where they should have been. They were supporting each other, communicating and the defense did an excellent job stepping up to [Chesapeake's] long hits."

Chesapeake coach Jerry Raab is confident her Cougars, who have lost three straight after a 5-0 start, will get back on track.

"It was a tough week," she said. "We have some work to do, but it's only the midseason and we'll be ready when the open tournament comes. They were sending it out to the wings and our defense didn't step up to cut off their passes. They're an excellent team."

Shelton said she got "maximum effort" from everyone on the team, but was particularly impressed with senior defender Lisa Mulholland, Shaklee and Neuberger.

The Cougars got a strong all-around game from senior midfielder Wendy Ison.

Pub Date: 10/04/97

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