Weidman, Linehan team to lift Severna Park, 1-0 Falcons finally crack North County's defense

Boys soccer

November 07, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

After a dominating first half from Severna Park paid no dividends against defensive-minded North County, the No. 6-ranked Falcons seemed as if they would need something special to break through in last night's Class 4A East region semifinal.

In the game's 58th minute, sophomore Eric Linehan made it happen, along with senior Joe Weidman.

Linehan stayed with a ball down the right side and crossed to the far post for Weidman, who headed the ball home to provide the Falcons with a 1-0 win over the Knights.

The 15-2 Falcons, whose wins set a new single-season school mark, will take on Anne Arundel County-rival Chesapeake for the region championship at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Meade High School.

Chesapeake was a 3-1 winner over Glen Burnie in yesterday's other semifinal. Severna Park took a 3-0 win at Chesapeake in the regular season before edging the No. 8 Cougars, 2-1, in the county championship game.

Before the rematch with Chesapeake was determined, however, the Falcons had pesky North County to deal with. Last season, the Knights upset Severna Park, 1-0, to win the region title. The longer last night's game stayed scoreless, the scarier things got for the Falcons, who clearly dominated with nothing to show.

The Linehan-to-Weidman connection, however, left no more doubts.

"Linehan made a great effort to get to the ball and delivered a good solid cross. And Joe was right there," said Severna Park coach Don Gregg.

Said Weidman: "It got over [North County keeper Mark] Bloomquist, and I wanted to make sure to get high enough to get the ball down. That was pretty much all Linehan, with the great cross."

The Falcons outshot the Knights (7-4-2) by 8-0 in the first half, but some rushed shots and six saves from Bloomquist, who went on to finish with 16, helped keep the game scoreless.

The Knights, who packed it in defensively with some tight marking, did not get off their first shot on goal until Doug Hardesty sent a hard, low shot on Severna Park keeper, Eric White, just before Weidman's goal.

"We played our hearts out, but they had our number tonight," said Bloomquist.

Chesapeake-AA 3, Glen Burnie 1: Dustin Abey and Adrian Titus both scored and had assists to lead the Cougars (14-3) past Anne Arundel County rival Glen Burnie in a Class 4A East semifinal. Scott Gilde scored for the Gophers, who closed out the season at 10-4-1.

Pub Date: 11/07/98

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