Severna Park starts fast, finishes well in 3-0 victory over Arundel

Early goals spark Falcons

county loss is Wildcats' 1st

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 15, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Arundel girls soccer team showed it could stay with No. 8 Severna Park in terms of knocking the ball around yesterday in Gambrills. But when it came to putting the ball in the net, the Falcons simply ran away with it.

With speed coming from every direction up front, the Falcons got goals from three different players to race past the Wildcats, 3-0, and jump ahead of them in a bid to reach Tuesday's county championship game.

Severna Park improves to 10-1 overall and 9-1 in the county, while Arundel (9-3-1 overall) loses for the first time in county play to fall to 8-1-1. Severna Park will take on No. 13 Chesapeake (11-0-1, 9-0-1) tomorrow, while the Wildcats close their regular season against No. 6 South River (11-1-1, 9-1) on Friday. All four teams remain in the picture going into the final regular-season games.

A big stop from senior keeper Christie York came first for the Falcons yesterday. In the game's third minute, a Severna Park defender was called for a hand ball in the penalty area, providing the Wildcats with a penalty kick and a chance at an early lead.

Arundel senior midfielder Emily Wolf went low to the right and York was there to make the diving save. It was the beginning of good things to come for the Falcons.

"The coaches have been telling us from the very start of the season that our heart is what's going to help us win games and so we stepped out here with heart and it just showed," said York. "I like to react [on penalty kicks] and with that one it just happened she put it on my strong side and I was able to get there."

From there, the Falcons proved more opportunistic in their offensive third of the field in an evenly-played first half.

Melissa Loureira put away a loose ball from 20 yards out for a 1-0 lead in the 17th minute, and then Bridget Zingler finished on an open net in front off a feed from Shannon Hadaway for a 2-0 lead in the 36th minute.

"I felt it was important for us to get on top early to take a little of the emotion out of it and we were able to do that," said Severna Park coach Gary Lam. "Christie coming up on that penalty kick was huge in the first three minutes of the game. That really set the tone for our work ethic and it put our group in a pretty good groove."

Samantha Young closed the scoring with a goal late in the second half off a nice set-up from Zara Nematollahi.

"Basically, three things came together - intensity, heart and we were communicating all over the field," said Hadaway. "It was just like a total team effort."

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