Sev. Park in title game for 7th year in a row

No. 8 Falcons' tenacity defeats Chesapeake, 1-0

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 17, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Needing a goal to ensure a spot in Tuesday's county championship game, the Severna Park girls soccer team turned to a couple of seniors to make it happen against visiting Chesapeake last night.

Zara Nematollahi turned Shannon Hadaway's persistence into a goal, scoring in the 61st minute to send the No. 8 Falcons to a 1-0 win over the No. 13 Cougars and their seventh straight trip to the county championship.

The Falcons finished the regular season 11-1 overall and 10-1 in the county to leapfrog over the Cougars, who lost for the first time this season to fall to 11-1-1 overall and 9-1-1 in the county.

Arundel's visit to South River today will determine which team meets the Falcons on Tuesday. An Arundel win or a tie gives Chesapeake another crack at the Falcons. If No. 6 South River (9-1 in the county) wins, the Seahawks return to defend their county crown.

The only thing the Falcons concerned themselves with in the second half was getting a goal and then holding on.

"We talked at halftime about needing to be a little more urgent in front of the goal and that we needed to make sure we took care of the chances we had," said Severna Park coach Gary Lam.

Nematollahi made sure, putting away a loose ball in front sent in a second time from Hadaway.

"We just kept on playing hard, going to goal and trying to find the net," said Nematollahi. "It was just loose in the box and I finished. [Getting to the county championship game] is definitely a goal for us and there was a lot more competition this year, so it's awesome to get there."

The Cougars stayed step for step with the Falcons in an end-to-end game with consistently good pace. Their best chance to tie came in the 71st minute when Beth Titus fired a shot from the left side that Severna Park senior keeper Christie York batted away. The rebound came in front to Lauren Bielawski, but she couldn't get a shot off before the Severna Park defense cleared the ball.

"Everything is judged on what Severna Park does and rightly so because they've been good so many years. And what our girls proved to themselves tonight is that they could play with them," said Chesapeake coach Jerry McBee.

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