No. 3 Severna Park cruises past Arundel, 4-0 Falcons rack up 24-1 advantage in shots on goal

Class 4A field hockey

October 29, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

After last night's Class 4A East region semifinal, Severna Park coach Lil Shelton was quick to acknowledge how well she thought visiting Arundel had played.

Arundel coach Clint Gosnell agreed, saying his girls played a good game.

So what does that say for the No. 3 Falcons, who outshot their county rivals by a 24-1 margin in coming away with a comfortable 4-0 win to advance to the region final?

"It was just very impressive on their part," Gosnell said.

Four different players scored for Severna Park, which will next meet another Anne Arundel County foe, Annapolis -- 1-0 winner over Meade yesterday -- to see who gets to go to states at Goucher College next week.

The region final is set for tomorrow, but time and location were unavailable.

Arundel supporters at Roberts Field roared every time their Wildcats got the ball past midfield in the first half, but it didn't happen often.

Severna Park (14-1) dominated from the start, putting shot after shot on Arundel goalie Meghan Tidwell, who held her own for the first 21 minutes -- including a brilliant pad save, her ninth, on a shot from senior Beth Neuberger off a penalty corner with 10: 30 left.

Moments later, Tidwell and the Arundel defense finally surrendered one when junior midfielder Beth Horn fired home a shot from in front with 8: 47 left.

It was the Falcons' 16th shot of the half coming off their fifth penalty corner.

"When they get inside the circle, they're like supersonics going to the ball. They were too fast onto the ball for us tonight," said Gosnell, whose Wildcats closed out a fine season with a 7-4-2 mark.

The goals came a little easier for the Falcons in the second half.

Arundel came out fast with possession for the first couple of minutes of the half with the Severna Park defense, yet to yield a goal against a county opponent this season, doing its job.

On the Falcons' first visit down the Arundel end, they made it 2-0 when junior Beth Davis slipped one past Tidwell with 27: 30 left.

As has been the case all season long, the Falcons have scored in bunches after the first one comes.

Less than two minutes had gone by when senior Abby Robison made it 3-0 and senior Beth Neuberger closed out the scoring late with her 12th goal of the season.

"We did a pretty good job tonight," said Shelton. "We usually have to get that first one by before we get fired up. There's so much power in that front line."

Shelton got an excellent effort from her midfield as well as her defense, which didn't allow a shot on goal the entire game.

Sophomore goalie Kim Lawton's only save of the night came when a ball coming from outside the circle bounced over a defender's stick on goal. It came with 15: 45 left in the second half and she casually kicked it aside.

Next up is Annapolis, which provided the Falcons with their toughest county test.

Late in the regular season, Severna Park came away a 1-0 winner at Annapolis with a second-half goal from Davis. The Falcons outshot the Panthers 12-0 in the win.

Pub Date: 10/29/97

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