Noga's second-half goals propel Severna Park, 2-1 Falcons repel Westlake for right to meet Arundel

November 04, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Severna Park Falcons were sitting in a neat row along the goal line during their halftime break yesterday afternoon, looking for an answer.

They had thoroughly outplayed visiting Westlake in the first half of their Class 3A-4A East region semifinal game, but had nothing to show for their hard work.

Finally, in the 54th and 59th minutes, help came.

Sophomore striker Holly Noga's two second-half goals provided the No. 6 Falcons with a 2-1 win over Westlake in a game that was not nearly as close as the final score made it appear.

Severna Park (12-3-2) travels to No. 11 Arundel this afternoon in a rematch of last year's region final, won by the Wildcats. Game time is set for 5 p.m.

The Falcons' speed, short passing game and ball skills were far superior than their counterparts from Charles County, whose only offense came from junior standout Valerie Raby with a little more than five minutes left in regulation.

The shot total at game's end showed a 23-5 edge in Severna Park's favor, but only two of those Falcons takes found the back of the net.

"We've been playing good soccer, but haven't been finishing -- that's basically it," said Noga. "We picked up our play in the second half with more crosses, taking the ball wide more and, like we've been practicing, switching fields. Jen Lindler gave me a perfect cross."

Lindler collected a loose ball along the right side and sent a short cross in the middle to Noga, whose header provided just enough of a redirection to slip by Westlake goalie Melissa Lloyd.

Noga made it 2-0 five minutes later when she turned right on a ball from 25 yards out, dribbling by two defenders before sending a shot off a defender and into the left corner.

Noga's second of the game proved to be the game-winner after Raby scored her 18th goal of the season to cut the lead to 2-1 with 5: 35 left.

"We knew what we had to do in the second half and came away with the 'W' no matter how you look at it," said sophomore Meg Miller, who along with senior Katie Rowles dominated the midfield for the Falcons.

"At the half, we talked about finishing and how once a day is gone, it's gone forever. We wanted to play Arundel."

They'll get their chance this afternoon in a rematch of last year's region final -- a one-goal win by Arundel.

Pub Date: 11/04/97

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