Falcons top Comets in shootout

Severna Park offsets earlier losses in title win

4A boys soccer

High schools

November 10, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park was able to withstand Chesapeake's relentless pace through 100 minutes of scoreless soccer last night.

Then when the penalty kick shootout came to decide the Class 4A East region, No. 13-ranked Severna Park showed poise in eliminating the defending state champion and No. 6 Cougars.

The Falcons (14-4) clinched the win in the eighth round -- Kevin Camponeschi finding the lower left corner to give them an insurmountable 7-3 advantage and send them to the Friday's state semifinal game.

While six of the first seven Severna Park shooters -- Jon Hopp, Jon Traylor, Jerry Cornett, Simon Groseclose, Chris Boyd and J. P. Murphy -- all found one corner or the other, the Cougars countered with five shots that went high or wide.

With the win, offsetting losses to Chesapeake (15-3) in the regular season and county title game, the Falcons were able to pull off the same trick played on them by Chesapeake last season.

"After last year, coming out here tonight and getting it back, it's a great feeling," said Hopp, who also finished with eight saves in goal. "We left everything out there -- my heart is still pounding."

Chesapeake had the better of the play for most of the 100 minutes with senior Mike Jungerheld dominating the middle of the field, continually spreading out passes to strikers Adrian Titus and Karl Watson.

But some tight marking from the Severna Park defense and sure hands from Hopp kept the game scoreless.

"It's disappointing," said Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhardt. "Severna Park had a game plan in place and stuck to it. They kept us out of the net. It's a tribute to them and their hustle."

The best chances for the Cougars, who had a 13-6 edge in shots, came early and late in the first half.

But the Falcons saved their best for last with precise finishing when it came down to penalty kicks.

"You don't want to end any game this way, but you have to give Severna Park credit," said Jungerheld. " We know in our hearts we played a good game, we were just one touch away so many times."

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