Chesapeake ousted, 1-0, by upstart Sev. Park Goal by Mooney sends county champion packing

Boys soccer

October 30, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

While No. 8-ranked Chesapeake was looking impressive winning the Anne Arundel County championship last week, Severna Park was sitting back, patiently waiting for its turn.

It came last night, and the Falcons made the most of the opportunity, knocking off the visiting Cougars, 1-0, in a Class 4A East region quarterfinal at Roberts Field.

Unranked Severna Park, winner of its last five games, advances to the region semifinal, taking on Glen Burnie Saturday at Chesapeake High. North County will meet Arundel in the other semifinal, also Saturday, at Chesapeake.

Junior midfielder Billy Mooney's goal after some nifty corner work from junior Bernie Edwards in the 17th minute highlighted what Severna Park coach Don Gregg called his team's finest half of the season.

The Falcons' defense, led by Edwards and senior sweeper Reid Shaklee, took care of the rest, coming up particularly big in the last five minutes of the second half with the Cougars (11-2-1) pressing for an equalizer.

Gregg, who described his 9-5-1 Falcons' season as one big roller-coaster ride, summed up his team's recent play in five words: "We got some heart back."

The Falcons, who reached the state final last season, dominated the midfield most of the way, got the offensive connection from Mooney and Edwards, and in protecting the lead were able to take on whatever Chesapeake had.

"We've been really coming together as a team, and this is a real big lift for all of us. We're only going to get stronger the next game," said Shaklee.

The Cougars, easy 5-0 winners over Arundel in last week's county championship, had the game's first scoring opportunity when senior midfielder Chad Farley had a shot hit off the crossbar three minutes into the game.

Severna Park started to take control moments later and finally converted when Edwards challenged a defender along the left side to get to the goal line before sending a ball across to Mooney, who finished from six yards out for his ninth goal of the season.

"That was all Bernie," said Mooney. "He made the defender commit, and then all I had to do was finish."

"They came out and played as well as they can. and maybe we didn't," said Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhardt. "They won a lot of 50-50 balls. They were up and down this season, but we knew what they were capable of. You have to give them the credit."

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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