Chesapeake strikes up 1-0 victory

Cougars outlast S. Park, lightning to win opener

Boys soccer

September 05, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

After two lightning delays, lightning off the foot of sophomore back Steve Philipp lifted No. 11 Chesapeake to a 1-0 win over No. 12 Severna Park in the boys soccer season opener for both teams in Lake Shore last night.

Chesapeake and Severna Park are considered the early-season favorites for the Anne Arundel County League championship. The schedule unfortunately brought them together in the first game.

Lightning first stopped play 21 minutes, 35 seconds into the first half. The teams left the field and went up the hill and into the school building to wait out the lightning while the fans remained in the aluminum stands.

After waiting the required 30 minutes, another flash of light tacked on another 30, delaying resumption of play until 9:05 p.m.

The two coaches, Earl Eckhardt of the home team and Severna Park's Don Gregg, had agreed during the wait to reschedule for tonight. Most thought the game would be called, but the lightning ceased and the teams got back at it.

Less than a minute into action after the hour-long wait, Philipp took a feed from senior midfield Evan Carter on a breakaway to score the game's only goal.

Scoring opportunities were rare as the two teams battled most of the time at midfield. Each team played airtight defense with juniors Jeremy Powell and Mike Larsen sparkling for the Cougars.

Seniors Jess Weissburg and Simon Groseclose were all over the field winning balls for the Falcons.

Chesapeake had a slight edge in winning balls, but neither team threatened the respective goalies, Severna Park junior Scott McGuire and Chesapeake senior Zach Mundy. McGuire and Mundy had six saves each.

Powell frequently marked the Falcons' returning leading scorer and captain J.P. Murphy when the latter was up front.

Chesapeake, the state 4A champion in 1999, hopes to dethrone No. 10 C. Milton Wright as the Class 4A East Region champ and for the first time won't have to be concerned about Severna Park in the postseason.

No. 12-ranked Severna Park is now a Class 3A team in the East Region, not playing in the state's highest enrollment classification for the first time in the 27 years Gregg has been coach.

Gregg's Falcons are looking to challenge Howard County powers, No. 4 River Hill and No. 14 Mount Hebron, the two-time state champ.

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