Severna Park stops Chesapeake to take another county title Davis and Mundt score twice apiece in 4-0 win

Field hockey

October 21, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Talk about perfect timing.

There were 30 seconds left in a scoreless first half when Severna Park junior midfielder Beth Davis entered the game to replace an injured teammate.

A few seconds later, she was running the ball back to the midfield dot, celebrating the goal that got the No. 3-ranked Falcons started in their 4-0 win over No. 14 Chesapeake in last night's Anne Arundel County championship at Meade High.

Davis scored with 13 seconds left in the half, off a scramble in front after a penalty corner, to give the Falcons that all-important first goal.

It came after the Cougars (9-4) appeared to have weathered the Falcons' late first-half storm.

When the whistle blew to attend to the injury of Severna Park junior Jess Gaither, who came back to start the second half and record an assist, many believed it was to end the half.

But there was still just enough time left for the Falcons (14-1) to get off a penalty corner and Davis was parked along the left side to make the most of the opportunity.

"It was really important to get ahead, because that takes so much pressure off us in the second half," Davis said. "I just kept my feet moving and hit it in."

Just how big was the goal?

"Crucial," said Chesapeake senior midfielder Wendy Ison.

"That really changed things around a lot," added Chesapeake coach Jerry Raab.

After the Cougars held their own for a good part of the first half, particularly early on, Severna Park came out and dominated the second half from start to finish.

Junior Jessica Mundt scored the first of her two goals in the opening minutes and Davis added her second midway through to provide Severna Park coach Lil Shelton with yet another county championship.

The 4-0 score was the same result the Falcons had against Chesapeake in the teams' regular-season meeting.

"Once we score that first one, we just keep going and going," Shelton said. "We came out playing a little frantic and I told them to start playing Severna Park field hockey. Once we started connecting on some good passes and talked to each other, we stepped it up another level."

Chesapeake goalie Rana Schreiber finished a busy night with 15 saves. The Falcons got two assists from senior Beth Neuberger, a fine all-around game from junior midfielder Sara Zuckerman and another solid effort from their defense.

Next up for both teams is the region playoffs.

Chesapeake will travel to Dulaney for a Friday afternoon match at 3. Severna Park, which received a first-round bye, will be at home against county foe Arundel next Tuesday night.

Despite last night's setback, Raab is confident her Cougars are ready to go.

"I'm happy the way we're playing right now," she said. "We have 10 strong seniors and the juniors are coming along."

Pub Date: 10/21/97

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