Severna Park stifles Chesapeake attack Kurz scores pair of goals in Falcons' 3-0 victory

October 14, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

What was supposed to be a battle for Anne Arundel County supremacy last night at Chesapeake never materialized. Visiting Severna Park, with a stifling defense and balanced attack, didn't allow it.

Sophomore midfielder Doug Kurz took his turn as offensive hero, scoring twice in the first half, and then it was a collective defensive effort that shut down Chesapeake to send the No. 6 Falcons home with a comfortable 3-0 win.

After a 3-0 setback to DeMatha in their season opener, the Falcons (10-1) have rattled off 10 straight wins, allowing just four goals along the way. They improved to 8-0 in the county last night while dropping the No. 7 Cougars to 9-2 overall and 7-1 in county play.

"We took this game seriously, like it was a playoff game," said Kurz, who has six goals on the season. "The first thing we wanted to do was shut down their forwards. It was all downhill from there."

In the 23rd minute, senior midfielder Bernie Edwards flicked on a short head ball to Kurz, who took a quick look to see Chesapeake goalie Howie Otto off his line before chipping a ball in from 15 yards out.

He finished on another chance with five minutes left in the half, providing the Falcons with a 2-0 lead.

That was more than enough for a defense that completed its sixth shutout of the season.

Senior sweeper Reid Shaklee was, as usual, just about everywhere for the Falcons, who also got strong play from fellow backs Adam Bennett and Sean McGarry. Keeper Eric White also came up big when needed, finishing with six saves.

"It's a very cohesive defense," said Severna Park coach Don Gregg. "Reid covers everything and cuts things down so well. You also have to look at McGarry and Bennett. Eric is coming into his own [in goal]."

No. 13 St. Mary's 1, St. Paul's 0: Midfielder Kevin Corradini scored the only goal off a bounce out of a pileup in the second overtime period. The senior-laden Saints (13-2-0 overall and 11-0-0 league) kept first place in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference by beating second-place St. Paul's (11-4-1, 8-2-1 and defending conference champ) for the second time this fall.

Girls

No. 5 Severna Park 3, Chesapeake-AA 1: Junior striker Holly Noga scored three second-half goals to lead the Falcons to a 3-1 come-from-behind win at Chesapeake.

The win was the 10th straight for the Falcons, who improved to 10-1 overall and remained perfect in the county at 8-0.

The Cougars (5-3 overall and in the county) had their five-game winning streak come to an end.

Senior midfielder Lauren Gontkof provided the Cougars with a 1-0 lead in the game's 27th minute, but an overwhelming Falcons attack led by Noga took over midway through the second half.

Chesapeake senior keeper Nicole Jantz finished with 11 saves, the first 10 coming before Severna Park found the net on Noga's first goal 19 minutes into the second half.

Pub Date: 10/14/98

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