Severna Park falls to Churchill in OT, 2-1

4A game-winner disputed

Dulaney makes final, 3-0

Boys soccer roundup

High Schools

November 13, 1999|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Severna Park Falcons did all they could -- deep into overtime, in fact -- to hold their own against a gifted Churchill team in yesterday's Class 4A boys state soccer semifinal at Arundel High.

Falling behind by a goal in the first half, the 12th-ranked Falcons recovered, pulling even in the second half. In the second overtime, they were doing more than holding their own with Chris Boyd just missing on a one-timer from 15 yards and Jon Traylor skimming a post.

Then, with 3: 41 left, it was suddenly over.

Churchill's Watson Prather, a senior midfielder, put home a rebound that sent the Bulldogs from Potomac, in Montgomery County, to the Class 4A state championship game with a 2-1 win against a Severna Park team that offset their high skills with heart.

The game-winner came with controversy.

After Severna Park senior goalkeeper Jon Hopp made his 15th save, some thought Prather brought the bouncing rebound down with an arm.

"He just caught the ball and dropped it right down to the ground," said Hopp. "I'm proud of the way we played. We had some difficulties in the beginning of the season. But when it came down to the end of the season and we needed to play well, we did. At least knowing we put out the best effort we could gives us something to look back on."

The Bulldogs (14-2-1) had a 17-5 advantage in shots, but Severna Park (14-5-1) kept the game close with a strong defensive effort, led by Hopp, whose play was outstanding.

Trailing 1-0, the Falcons got even midway through the second half when Dan Schillinger finished from 15 yards off a feed from Jerry Cornett.

The Bulldogs controlled the first half, getting their reward in the 37th minute when Jeremy Manela headed home a corner kick from Jon Mayo for a 1-0 lead.

Class 4A

No. 8 Dulaney 3, Eleanor Roosevelt 0: Three fine finishes were more than enough to send the Lions to the state championship game against Churchill Thursday at UMBC Stadium.

Mike Hoeck scored late in the first half and Jonathan Newton added two second-half goals -- all rockets -- to lead the Lions (15-1) to their semifinal win at Arundel High in Gambrills.

Dulaney, making its first final appearance since 1994, will be looking for its first state crown.

After withstanding some pressure from the Greenbelt team in the first 15 minutes, the Lions' speed up-top took over.

Hoeck finished from 20 yards to give the Lions a 1-0 lead late in the first half, and Newton put the game away with his two second-half goals.

"The big thing was the first 15 minutes," said Dulaney coach Stephen Shaw. "It was like a prize fight -- they just kept coming at us. Once we got our possession game working, we were able to use our speed up-top, getting the ball out to our wings." -- Glenn P. Graham

Class 3A

No. 9 Fallston 3, Thomas Stone 2: Kevin Ruzek scored twice and assisted on the third goal as the Harford countians defeated Charles County's Thomas Stone (15-3) in a state semifinal at Magruder High in Rockville.

Fallston (14-2-1), which won its only previous state title in 1992, will play River Hill for the state title. -- Rick Belz

Class 1A

No. 2 Oakland Mills 3, Bohemia Manor 0: Kyle Farmer, Steve Blakely and Victor Berndt scored to lead the defending state champs back to the Class 1A title game.

The Scorpions (16-1-1) took the lead at South Hagerstown High on Farmer's goal late in the first half and dominated their Cecil County foes the rest of the way.

Their victory and Williamsport's 4-2 win over St. Michael's set up a rematch of last year's state title game, won 4-1 by the Scorpions.

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