Sev. Park girls make most of fresh start

White, Nematollahi, Hadaway give soccer team direction during 9-0 run


High Schools

October 03, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The numbers appeared heavily stacked against the Severna Park girls soccer team going into the season, but nobody told that to the Falcons.

Consider: Nine seniors graduated, including six starters and their entire midfield. And all this coming after a disappointing 1-0 loss to Mount Hebron in the Class 3A, East region quarterfinals last fall.

Past the midway point, the numbers have added up impressively as the No. 7 Falcons have gone 9-0 this season with the brunt of their schedule here on out.

A visit from always-dangerous Broadneck is set for 5:15 p.m. today, and then the Falcons travel to last year's county runner-up and No. 9 Arundel on Tuesday before a showdown against No. 2 South River on Oct. 15.

"It really started [on Tuesday] with a tough 1-0 win over Old Mill, who played us tough," said Severna Park second-year coach Gary Lam. "This is the way our schedule works out every year, with four tough games mostly back-to-back-to-back. ... It's our job over the course of the season to get us prepared for the tough end of the schedule."

The junior-laden Falcons have done just that.

Katie White, who led the team with eight goals last season, has nine this year and three assists. Shannon Hadaway and Zara Nematollahi have been the midfield catalysts. And central defender Haley Cramer has a good feel for the zoned marking system Lam has put in place in the back line.

Having senior goalkeeper Brooke Shinaberry, who came up with her best save of the season late in the game against Old Mill on Tuesday, also plays big.

"I just think in the second year, the team has a better understanding of the system and their individual roles in it. And hard work has been there for every match," said Lam.

Openings at St. Mary's

St. Mary's is currently interviewing for varsity coaching positions in baseball, girls lacrosse and tennis.

If interested, send a letter and resume to: St. Mary's, 113 Duke of Gloucester St., Annapolis, Md. 21401.

For more information, contact St. Mary's athletic director Dave Lanham at 410-990-4219.

Carneal top Eagle

Northeast senior Brian Carneal shot an even-par 36 on Tuesday to take individual honors in a county six-team "A" division golf tournament at Sparrows Point Country Club.

Carneal's teammate, sophomore Stephanie Connelly, tied for second with South River's Randy Sroka at 1-over. On Monday, Connelly returned home after a strong showing at the Junior Ryder Cup in Ireland.

Northeast and Severna Park tied for team honors.

Quick hits

The St. Mary's girls soccer team, ranked fifth in the metro area with an 8-2-1 mark, has gone 3-0 with two shutouts since starting goalkeeper Marie Oben returned last week from a broken nose. The sophomore was particularly impressive in a 1-0 win over No. 6 Notre Dame Prep on Monday when she finished with eight saves. ... In field hockey, No. 4 Spalding (9-0-2) has the top one-two scoring punch in the metro area. Erin Kelly (12 goals, five assists) and Caitlin Swift (11 goals, six assists) both have 17 points on the season.

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