Severna Park upsets No. 7-ranked Arundel, 1-0 DiBlasio scores only goal to hand Wildcats first loss

Boys soccer

October 10, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Facing one of the dominant teams on its schedule in No. 7-ranked Arundel, visiting Severna Park put together its best game last night. The Falcons scored midway through the first half and held on to defeat the previously unbeaten Wildcats, 1-0.

After struggling through a two-week stretch in which they went 1-3-1 and gave up nine goals, the Falcons have now won two straight by shutout.

"We've learned from the first half of the season, and I don't think we're going to let that happen anymore," said midfielder Andrew DiBlasio.

Despite their 6-5-1 record, the Falcons (2-0-1 in the Anne Arundel South league) now can ensure themselves a spot in the Anne Arundel County championship game with wins next week against South River and Broadneck.

To do that, however, they will have to play equally well. They outshot Arundel, 11-4, and kept the high-powered Wildcats on the defensive all night.

"They didn't give us any chances," said Arundel coach Nick Jauschnegg. "They out-ran us, they out-hustled us, they out-skilled us and they just flat out-played us in every phase of the game tonight."

Severna Park took the lead midway through the first half when DiBlasio's shot from 10 yards out beat goalie Matt Shepard to his right with 19: 23 left. "I just did a couple of moves and was able to put it in," DiBlasio said.

The Falcons had an opportunity to extend their lead with 23: 30 to play, but Shepard blocked away Billy Mooney's shot from close range, then smothered the rebound in front of the net to prevent Joe Weidman from tapping it in.

Arundel's best chance came with 10: 45 left to play, when Kyle Beckerman's direct kick from 25 yards out sailed inches over the crossbar and landed on the back of the net.

For the Wildcats (10-1, 2-1), there would be no more chances.

Jauschnegg said he expected his team to lose sooner or later, and better now than in the playoffs. For Severna Park, however, the win may prove to be a turning point.

Three of the Falcons' five losses had come against Calvert Hall, Chesapeake and Archbishop Spalding -- all members of The Sun's Top 15 -- with another coming to Washington power DeMatha.

For coach Don Gregg, it was nice to finally win one.

"It was not that we were totally dominated by all the teams we lost to," said Gregg. "We just made too many mistakes, and good teams capitalize."

Pub Date: 10/10/97

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