Down 3-1, Severna Park captures 3A semifinal, 4-3

Falcons next face Dulaney

Oak. Mills reaches 1A final

State boys soccer

November 11, 2001|By FROM STAFF REPORTS

Senior defender Sheehan Murphy scored in the 93rd minute to lead No. 13 Severna Park to a thrilling, come-from-behind, 4-3 victory over Paint Branch of Montgomery County last night in the first game of the Class 3A boys soccer state semifinal doubleheader at Westlake High in Waldorf.

The Falcons (12-5-1) will make their ninth appearance in the state final, where they'll face Dulaney, a winner over Northern-Calvert in last night's second game, later this week at UMBC.

Severna Park last won a state title in 1983, when it shared the crown. The Falcons are 0-7-1 in state championship games.

Last night, Severna Park overcame a two-goal deficit and won when Murphy knocked the rebound of a shot by his brother, J.P. Murphy, inches over the line. Paint Branch (10-7), which held a 3-1 lead after scoring in the 14th, 15th and 23rd minute, protested the goal but it stood.

"It was really close," Sheehan Murphy said. "I knew it went in, and I said something, and I knew the linesman saw it."

Trailing by two goals, J.P. Murphy scored on a low shot from 20 yards in the 31st minute, and then drew a penalty kick in the 59th that senior defender Jesse Weissburg converted to tie the score.

"These guys have a mission, a quest," said Severna Park coach Donald Gregg, whose team upset River Hill in the regional semifinal. "We've come a long way from the mid-part of the season."

No. 6 Dulaney 3, Northern-Calvert 0: Junior forward James Russo had a goal and an assist, and seniors Tyler Hagin and Jamie Stuart added a goal apiece to lead the Lions (14-4-1) over the Patriots (13-5).

Dulaney, which won its fourth straight, advanced to its second state title game in the past three years. The Lions were named co-champions of 4A with Churchill of Montgomery County in 1999 after the teams played to a 1-1 draw.

Russo opened the scoring in the seventh minute. Hagin scored on a penalty kick in the 47th minute and Stuart provided the final margin of victory with a fine chip from 25 yards that floated over the head of Northern goalkeeper Brian Hohl.

Dulaney senior keeper Nick Warner made four saves to earn the shutout, his team's 11th of the season.

"Tonight was just a phenomenal effort by everybody," said Russo, who leads the Lions in scoring with 11 goals and eight assists. "Right off the bat, we took it to them."

Class 1A

Oakland Mills 2, Sparrows Point 1: Fans from both schools turned out in force for the rematch of last season's state semifinal, and in an electric atmosphere, the Scorpions triumphed again.

The Scorpions (8-5-2), seeking their 12th state title and fourth in a row, will face Pocomoke -- a 3-0 winner over Smithsburg in the other semifinal.

Twelfth-ranked Sparrows Point (13-4) scored in the second minute after an obstruction call against Oakland Mills sweeper Brandon Hawkes resulted in a free kick just outside the box. Sam Nicoette scored for the Pointers.

In the sixth minute, Oakland Mills tied it on a goal by Gabe Amponsah off an assist by Hawkes. Adam Magruder's throw-in started the play.

Hawkes delivered his seventh game-winning goal and ninth overall with 22:36 left to play when he kicked in a loose ball at the near post following another throw-in by Magruder.

"This was our fastest-paced game of the year," Magruder said. "They've been waiting to get us since last year and both teams just went at it."-- Nathan Max and Rick Belz contributed to this article.

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