Severna Park, S. River slug out a scoreless tie

Unyielding rivals set up Broadneck-Falcons final

Field hockey

High Schools

October 17, 2001|By Edward Lee | By Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

It's no mystery to Severna Park senior goalkeeper Michelle Swartz that she had to play two overtime periods.

That's what occurred last night as a highly anticipated regular-season finale between the top-ranked Falcons field hockey team and No. 7 South River ended in a 0-0 double-overtime tie in Severna Park.

"When we face them, we know that the contention is going to be very, very high," Swartz said. "We know that we have to give 110 percent, and when both teams do that, it's a stalemate."

Last season, the Seahawks became the first county public school in 11 seasons to defeat Severna Park. But the Falcons turned the tables with a convincing victory in the county championship game.

Last night's tie coupled with Broadneck's 2-1 win against Chesapeake shut South River (8-1-2 overall and in the county) out of tomorrow's county title game.

"It's kind of disappointing," Seahawks coach Laura Gerrior said. "We would've liked to play [Severna Park] again to see a winner."

Instead, South River, last season's Class 3A state champion, will have to take solace in registering the only blemish on the Falcons' record, which is 11-0-1 overall and 10-0-1 in the county.

"We haven't had a tie in years," Severna Park coach Lil Shelton said. "It's one of those feelings where you're not elated or disappointed. You're somewhere in the middle."

Both teams had plenty of opportunities to score in the 60 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.

Severna Park, last year's Class 4A state titlist, controlled much of the game's tempo and tenor, owning a 15-3 advantage in penalty corners and outshooting the Seahawks 36-8.

But as much as the Falcons were impressive on offense, so was South River senior goalie Kristin Cousin, who recorded 29 saves.

"I just tried to stay with my angles and watch the ball," Cousin said. "Wherever the ball went, that's where I went."

Broadneck 2, Chesapeake 1: Senior attack Natalie Kopack scored in each half to help the host Bruins (9-2-1 overall and 9-2 county) secure their first trip to the county championship game.

Kopack converted a centering pass from senior attack Kim Kuchler with less than two minutes left in the first half and converted a rebound off a shot from Katherine Jackson with less than eight minutes left in the second half.

Broadneck, which earned the berth with one more county victory than South River, will meet Severna Park, which won the regular-season meeting, 3-0, two weeks ago.

"We're so fired up to play them again," Kopack said. "We can beat them. We hope they're ready."

Junior defender Mandy Bathras scored the lone goal off a feed from junior midfielder Stephanie Johanson for the Cougars (8-2-2 overall and 7-2-2 county).

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