Severna Park hands Chesapeake 1-0 loss Falcons win 4A East title

Cougars' late goal ruled a handball and disallowed

Girls soccer

November 11, 1998|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A referee's alertness preserved No. 2 Severna Park's 1-0 victory over upset-minded Chesapeake in last night's Class 4A East Region final at George Roberts Field.

Severna Park, seeking its fifth state title since 1988, will play host to the 4A state semifinals Friday and play the 7.30 p.m. game against the Bowie-Oxon Hill South Region winner. The West winner (Wootton or Whitman takes on the North winner (Dulaney or Perry Hall) in the other semifinal at 5 p.m.

Meg Miller's goal eight minutes into the game off a cross from Cate Keller was the difference, but not before the 12th-ranked Cougars (10-4) gave the Falcons (17-1) a scare with 20 seconds left in the game.

Three Cougars converged on Falcons keeper Kerry York in front of the left corner of the goal box and the ball squirted in. It looked like the teams were headed to overtime until referee Doug Afdhal ruled a handball and no goal.

"She smacked the ball in with her hand and thank God, we had a good referee," said Severna Park coach Chuck Seivert. "A lot of referees don't even watch the box."

Chesapeake coach Lin Sullivan was dejected, but did not dispute the call.

"The official said the girl was kind of like bracing herself and that the ball went off her arm and over the keeper," said Sullivan. "It took some courage to make the call.

"He [Afdhal] said there were three girls in there and wasn't sure which number it was. And really it doesn't make any difference because he saw what he saw and was in position to see it. It's not something to complain about. You just have to take it."

Both of Sullivan's teams played hard -- the regulars who played last night and the varsity/JV combine who filled in Saturday in a 2-1 region semifinal over North County.

The Lake Shore school suspended 13 girls, eight of them starters for Saturday's game because of illegal absences. The suspended players met for a team breakfast Wednesday morning after Tuesday night's 3-2 win over Arundel and arrived late to school.

Considered an unexcused absence, a mandatory one-game suspension per county rules was invoked and Sullivan called up eight JV players for Saturday's game.

After losing 3-1 to the Falcons during the regular season, the Cougars came out with a better plan last night.

"They got the best we had," said Sullivan.

In what was a fast-paced game, the Cougars got a lot of hustle from Ginny Jorde, Lauren Gontkof, Jamie Kittle and Kareem Falcon chasing down and winning balls, especially in a spirited second half.

And senior keeper Nicole Jantz had seven saves to keep the Cougars in the game.

"Chesapeake played a smarter game this time," said Seivert, who used 19 players, substituting freely.

"They [Chesapeake] didn't burn out in the first half like they did the last time. Lin's a good coach and subbed smarter. They came after us and gave us everything we could handle."

On a night when the Falcons never seemed to get into an offensive flow -- they outshot Chesapeake, 7-3 -- their superb defense led by senior Meredith McAlister and junior Lindsey Nauman kept the Cougars' offense at bay.

Pub Date: 11/11/98

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