Severna Park cruises behind Cornett goals Junior scores twice in 2-0 win over Old Mill

Boys soccer

October 02, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Junior striker Jerry Cornett scored in each half as No. 7-ranked Severna Park posted a 2-0 victory over No. 14 Old Mill in Millersville last night.

Cornett's third and fourth goals of the season were more than enough for the Falcons (6-1, 4-0), who outshot the Patriots (5-2-1, 2-1-1) by 18-7 and employed an aggressive, veteran defense featuring two goalkeepers.

Severna Park's defense was airtight with senior backs Reid Shaklee, Adam Bennett and Sean McGarry, and senior midfielders Bernie Edwards, Matt Sansbury and Robi Singh.

When the Patriots were able to penetrate, goalkeepers Jon Hopp and Eric White put up roadblocks. Hopp, a junior, turned back two Patriots shots in the first half while senior White had three saves in the second 40 minutes.

The effort enabled the Falcons to shut down Old Mill seniors Paul Venturella and Tim Smith, who came into the match with nine goals between them.

"It was a great defensive effort against a team that beat us one-nil last year and is better this year," said Severna Park coach Don Gregg. "Cornett took advantage of his opportunities and both goalkeepers made the saves in clutch situations."

Cornett's first goal came on a cross from Bennett with 3: 14 left in the first half.

"I was lucky on the first one, just happened to be there on the post to head it in," said Cornett. "Good hustle got us the second one."

Nearly 29 minutes into the second half, senior Joe Weidman led Cornett perfectly on a fast break, and the latter finished to make it 2-0 Severna Park. That goal iced it.

"We were concerned about Old Mill coming, because we know they have some good players," said Cornett. "But we came prepared."

There was no argument from Old Mill coach Jim Griffith, who was disappointed in his offense.

"They just did things better and put it in the goal," said Griffith. "We had opportunities and didn't take advantage. Our kids need to step up and put the ball in the goal."

Griffith was referring to his team's pair of opportunities in the game's first 10 minutes. Down close, the Pats hit a post on one shot, and another went just wide.

"But overall, I'm proud of the way my kids played," said Griffith. "They played soccer."

The Old Mill coach felt the Falcons were a bit too rough marking and pursuing. But Gregg disagreed, saying: "It was rough both ways, and I didn't think it had anything to do with the result."

Pub Date: 10/02/98

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