Thomas Johnson tops No. 5 Severna Park 4-time champion Falcons held to four shots in 1-0 loss

November 11, 1997|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Thomas Johnson (17-1-1) of Frederick was a 1-0 victor over No. 5-ranked Severna Park in the 3A-4A semifinals last night on the Falcons' home field.

Making its 11th appearance in the final four since 1983, four-time state champion Severna Park (13-4-2) was limited to just four shots.

Thomas Johnson sophomore Katie Roberts scored the game's only goal off a three-on-two in the 34th minute. The Patriots now play Fallston in the championship game Saturday.

The Patriots' leading scorer, senior Samantha Meyers (21 goals, 12 assists) came up the middle and passed to senior striker Kristi Fox.

Fox, playing her first match since breaking a leg 26 seconds into the Patriots' first game of the season on Sept. 5, took it down the line and picked up Roberts and senior Tanya Dudrow streaking toward the Falcons goal. Roberts took a cross from Fox and tapped it by the Falcons' freshman keeper, Kerry York (10 saves).

"That was a little poetic justice with Kristi getting the assist," said TJ coach Chuck Nichols. "I was hoping it wasn't going to be such a nail-biter, but what a tremendous program Severna Park has. They're a very dangerous team."

Severna Park picked up the pace in the second half, but got off only one good shot. Sophomore Meg Miller got everything into a wicked shot six minutes into the second half. But Patriots goalie Gina Ceneviva, who was recording her school-record 13th shutout, took it in the chest.

"They had more shots [12-4], but they only had one or two quality shots," said Falcons coach Joyce Stefancik. "Our defense held against a team with good speed and tough players."

Severna Park sweeper Meredith McAlister and backs Lindsey Nauman, Kristen Garrett and Leigh Anne Emrich did an excellent job in the middle of the field.

Fallston 2, Bowie 1

Luck was clearly on the side of defending state champion Fallston last night at Severna Park High in the other 3A/4A semifinal. The Cougars earned a shot at an encore with a 2-1 victory over Bowie of Prince Georges County.

The No. 4-ranked Cougars (15-3) seek their third state championship since 1994 Saturday.

After a scoreless first half in the first game, junior Randi Falk scored four minutes into the second 40 minutes for a 1-0 Fallston lead and everything went the Cougars way the remainder of the game save for Bowie's lone goal.

"Franny [Francesca Amasia] crossed it and it went through Nicole McNeill's legs and I just walked up and kicked it in," said Falk describing the first goal.

Midway through the second half, Bowie (11-4-1), playing with only three seniors, got off a couple of just-misses that Fallston coach Nancy Ferguson said showed that "luck was on our side and somebody was looking out for us."

Michelle Ondrus' bullet hit the left post, missing the net by inches, and about two minutes later, Emily Van Coverden, one of 13 Bulldog sophomores, bombed one from about 15 yards out. It struck the middle of the crossbar.

An even bigger break came for the Cougars with 8: 14 left when Bowie goalkeeper Christine Tudja (12 saves) was yellow-carded for rough play in front of the net and was removed.

Replacement keeper Kristen Songer didn't have a chance as Jen Schuerholz delivered a penalty kick for a 2-0 Fallston lead.

"There was no reason for that. You've got to play composed and she lost it, " said Ferguson, describing the odd yellow card that resulted in the game-winning goal.

Pub Date: 11/11/97

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