Sev. Park spurts past Old Mill 2 pairs of quick goals seal Patriots in 5-0 hole

Girls soccer

October 02, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park was supposed to have its first serious Anne Arundel County test yesterday at Old Mill. The game turned out to be a mere pop quiz.

The No. 7-ranked Falcons dominated the host Patriots from start to finish, getting two goals each from Lauren Mitchell and Holly Noga in a comfortable 5-0 win in Millersville.

Constant pressure on the ball and a smooth transition game made the difference for the Falcons, who improved to 7-1 on the season in winning their seventh straight. Old Mill fell to 6-2.

"Our goal is to win every head ball, get everything on the ground, and put the pressure on," said Chuck Seivert, Severna Park's first-year coach. "With good transition of the ball and changing fields, we dominated play. We came out ready to play."

Old Mill senior goalkeeper Sarah Bouton also came ready to play, doing everything she could to keep the Falcons from scoring in the early going and eventually making nine saves.

After five of Bouton's saves and 28 minutes, though, the Falcons found the net -- twice.

Mitchell lofted a shot from 22 yards for a 1-0 lead.

Just 24 seconds later, the freshman took a more direct route, dribbling past a defender and firing a shot just before reaching the 18-yard mark to make it 2-0.

The Falcons were on their way.

"The first one breaks the ice. That helped our confidence," said Mitchell, who has five goals on the season.

The Patriots could never get on track, even in the second half with a gusty wind in their favor. Old Mill veteran coach Bruce Sponsler was quick to give credit to the Falcons, who got off fast in the wind and never let up.

"Severna Park is a good team, and they play so well in the big games," said Sponsler. "I was impressed with their speed and power. We were on our heels the whole time. They took it to us from the beginning.

"We have to look at it as one game of 14. I was proud that we did not give up."

Noga, who did some nice work down the left side early in the game only to be stopped by Bouton, scored her first goal in the game's 50th minute, giving the Falcons a 3-0 lead.

They bunched their last two goals together -- Morgan Montgomery and Noga scoring a minute apart with under 15 minutes to play.

Along with Bouton's solid play in goal, Old Mill got fine efforts from forward Kristin English and defender Lisa Lester, both seniors.

Falcons freshman Erin Dubina, who had an assist, caused a lot of problems along the right side.

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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