Severna Park blanks Arundel one more time Falcons now set sights on an 11th state crown

November 04, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Finally, Severna Park gets to play somebody other than Arundel.

The No. 2-ranked Falcons once again blanked Arundel, 3-0, yesterday in the Class 4A East Region semifinals at George Roberts Field in Severna Park.

In what was the third consecutive meeting between the two, the Falcons took their first step toward a state record 19th region title and a chance at an 11th state title.

The Falcons (15-1) meet the Annapolis/Meade winner in tomorrow's region final and welcome somebody new.

Severna Park edged Arundel, 1-0, in the final regular-season game last week and two days later romped, 5-0, over the Wildcats (10-5-1) in the Anne Arundel County championship game.

They met yesterday because a lottery draw matches playoff teams in the open state tournament rather than a seeding system.

"Since we won the last game 5-0, it was harder to get psyched up for this game," said senior Beth Davis, who gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead about 12 minutes into the game. "It was good we were playing on our field because it was harder for them because they play on a Bermuda grass field."

Davis tapped the ball in the right corner for her 12th goal of the season after each team had managed only one shot in the first 10 minutes. Sara Zuckerman fired it into the circle with a touch by the county's leading scorer, Erin Shaklee (14 goals, seven assists), setting it up for Davis.

It was all the Falcons needed with their airtight defense led by seniors Erin Hancock and Julie Shank dominating the Wildcats' attack.

Arundel was held to just two shots (one in each half) as the Falcons kept Lindsey Schiesz (10 goals, four assists) off the board.

Chesapeake-AA 0, Westminster 0: Megan Skiles scored in sudden-death penalty strokes and Chesapeake (9-3-3), playing at home, advanced in the Class 4A South Region semifinals.

In the process, the Cougars ended a string of nine successive state tournament appearances by Westminster (10-6).

The two teams were scoreless through regulation and two 10-minute overtimes to set up penalty strokes for advancement. Each side scored once in a set of five chances to reach the sudden-death situation.

After Skiles scored on her team's first shot, goalkeeper Valerie Bryant protected it with a save on a shot by the Owls' Michele Weinbrunner.

North Carroll 2, Broadneck 0: No. 8 North Carroll (13-1) scored on two of its six first-half shots, then was thwarted the rest of the way by a strong defensive effort by visiting Broadneck (6-5-1) in a Class 3A North Region semifinal. North Carroll moves on to play at Catonsville tomorrow for the regional championship.

Pub Date: 11/04/98

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