There was real irony in the Anne Arundel County girls soccer championship match Tuesday at Severna Park when No. 8-ranked Severna Park (10-3-2) and unranked Chesapeake (10-3-2) battled through double overtime to a 0-0 tie.
The teams were declared county co-champions, as was the case for the Chesapeake and Severna Park boys in 1994.
Just last week, Severna Park girls soccer coach Joyce Stefancik raised the issue of teams not receiving anything for a tie in regular season. Ties, which only occur in soccer and field hockey, don't count, period.
Stefancik feels a point (two for a win) should be given for ties in situations where the county's standings tie-breaker rules come into effect. She pointed out then that they do count for something in the championship games, and she and her Falcons ended up getting credit for a co-title.
The girls' result also renewed the argument over whether games should remain as ties or whether a tactic, such as a shootout, should decide a winner. The debate has strong opinions on both sides.
The boys final was a surprising 5-0 rout by No. 10-ranked Chesapeake (11-1-1) over No. 9 Arundel (12-2). It was clearly a case of a team peaking at the right time and another going the other way.
Arundel had won its first eight county games and was undefeated until it lost 1-0 to Severna Park (7-5-1). Arundel coach Nick Jauschnegg expressed concern then over the way his team was playing. But his Wildcats took a 1-0 decision at Broadneck to just about sew up the South Division title. His worst fears, however, came true Tuesday.
"Somebody on our bench said maybe this (5-0 loss) will be a wake-up call [going into playoffs next week]," said Jauschnegg, whose team defeated Chesapeake 4-2 in the first county game in September. "They [Chesapeake] just played a whole lot better than we did. The idea is to play as good as you can play."
That's precisely what Chesapeake is doing right now for coach Earl Eckhardt.
"We're a much better team than we were the first time we played them," said Eckhardt. "We corrected some things in the back, and they didn't get in as easily as they did the first game."
Chesapeake took a 2-0 lead into halftime, and senior Chad Farley completed a hat trick with a pair of goals in the second half's first three minutes.
"We're getting better with every game," Eckhardt added. "This is definitely the time of the year to be doing it, and I know the kids can't wait to play Severna Park. But I'm sure Severna Park can't wait to play us."
Severna Park hosts Chesapeake Wednesday in the first game of the Class 4A East region playoffs. The Cougars defeated the Falcons 3-1 in regular season play, with Farley scoring two goals.
Arundel opens with Old Mill in the playoffs. The Wildcats blanked the Patriots 2-0 in a physical regular season battle.
Many people noticed and appreciated the fact that Arundel principal Will Myers and Chesapeake's Harry Calendar stayed around until the end of the long soccer evening Tuesday to participate in the post-game ceremony. Their visible show of support for high school sports is refreshing.
Also there were retired North County principal Bill Wentworth, a high-school sports junkie who is frequently seen at sports events around the county, and Brooklyn Park's George Mills (father of WMAR's Keith Mills), former WJZ TV cameraman and host of an award-winning Jones Cable 22 TV public affairs show.
Jones will show the soccer title games next week.
Missing was a PA announcer for the boys game. Severna Park athletic director Wayne Mook, who did a nice job coordinating the doubleheader, introduced the players but had no one on the mike afterward. The occasion warrants a PA person. It's a big deal to the kids and their parents to hear the names announced for goals, assists, saves and outstanding plays.
One high school football game tonigh: Northeast (0-7, 0-1) at Southern-Harwood (4-3, 0-0), 7 p.m. It's a county Class 2A-3A league game.
Severn's Dennard Melton (3,034 yards in four years) and Meade's Tanardo Sharps (2,984, two years) now rank fourth and fifth respectively on the county's career rushing list, which is headed by Meade's Kenny Walker (3,360, 1990-93).
North County's first-year field hockey coach, Jon Appelt, fears that junior Katie Burzuchalski may have been overlooked for the coaches' All-County team because the Knights were 0-11 and did not score a goal this fall.
"Katie is a converted goalie and is one of the best defenders in the county," said Appelt.
Have a note for Sidelines? Call Pat O'Malley's 24-Hour Sportsline, 410-647-2499.
Pub Date: 10/23/97