Severna Park stays atop county hill with 2-1 win

In topping No. 11 Old Mill, 5th-ranked Falcons still unbeaten in league at 6-0

Girls soccer

October 03, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

The first stage of a season-long mission is complete for the Severna Park girls soccer team.

Facing their biggest challenge to a possible fourth straight county title, the visiting and fifth-ranked Falcons used defense and experience to edge No. 11 Old Mill, 2-1, last night in Millersville.

In collecting its sixth consecutive victory, Severna Park improved to 7-1-1 overall and remained undefeated in the county (6-0).

"We still mean business," said senior striker Lauren Montgomery, who brushed away talk that this might be the year a team other than the Falcons claims the county crown. "We're still in this more than anything."

With Arundel ranked seventh, Broadneck 12th and South River lurking as a spoiler, the competition has grown tighter. Old Mill, which suffered its first loss (7-1, 5-1 county), is also viewed as a contender.

For much of the first half, the Patriots held their own, turning away Severna Park opportunities.

But the Falcons broke through with 9:48 left when senior midfielder Kate Hickman trapped an outlet attempt and passed the ball to Montgomery. She spun and blasted the ball into the net to give Severna Park a 1-0 lead.

Recording just 11 shots, Old Mill finally made one stick midway through the second half. Senior striker Kelly Roberts pulled the ball out of a scrum in front of the net and passed it to junior striker Kara Cullins, who headed the ball into the empty net to tie the score at one.

Three minutes later, the Falcons thought they had gained the upper hand when junior midfielder Susan Seaborg booted the ball into the left corner. But the goal was waived off by a linesman, who determined that Seaborg was offside.

Severna Park cashed in with 5:43 left when senior defender Jessica Reed crossed the ball to sophomore striker Shannon Haddaway, who glanced the ball off the right post and into the net.

Falcons coach Gary Lam said he told his defense to be aware of the Patriots' strategy.

"We knew that they were going to drive long balls in," Lam said. "So we cheated a little bit by staying back and keeping the ball in front of us."

That defensive tactic made the difference, according to Old Mill coach Vern Hines.

"They played and marked up better than us," he said. "They're used to this type of game where it's 2-1 or 1-0. We're just getting there."

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