Sev. Park scores 2 late, grabs county title, 3-1

Falcons top Chesapeake for 6th crown in 10 years

Girls soccer

October 22, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

All the scoring came in the final 13 minutes of play, including two goals by Severna Park in the last four minutes, as the Falcons defeated Chesapeake, 3-1, yesterday in the 10th Anne Arundel girls soccer championship game.

A penalty kick by sophomore Kiley Williams was followed by goals from freshman Samantha Young and senior Zara Nematollahi in the 76th and 77th minutes to carry the Falcons at Annapolis High.

The No. 6 Falcons (12-1) won their sixth title - all of them coming in the past seven years. They have been in every county final except for the 1996 game.

Tracey Dahlen split three defenders with a free kick to tie the score in the 73rd minute for No. 13 Chesapeake, which made its first appearance in the 1996 final and lost, 1-0, to Arundel. The following year, the Cougars tied Severna Park, 0-0, for a co-title. That was Chesapeake's last appearance until last night.

"It's been a while since Chesapeake soccer has been in this, and we worked real hard to be in this game," Dahlen said. "Win or lose, we played an awesome game and came up a little short."

The Cougars (11-2-1, both losses to Severna Park) matched the Falcons' speed and runs until near the end, when they bowed to their opponent's firepower and superb play in the back.

"We always have and rely on having cover in behind the ball," said Severna Park coach Gary Lam, who led the Falcons to their 2001 title with a 3-1 win over Arundel.

"I felt all three backs, including Zara as our central top back, played very well."

Kelsey Ross and Melissa Loureiro, who assisted Young on what proved to be the game-winner, were the other backs playing crucial roles against the aggressive play of the Cougars' Dahlen, Brittany Owen, Ashley Stocks, Erika Klug, Amanda Spinnenweber, Emily Bolling and Nicole Barbour.

"We were awesome in the back all night and I think that really made the difference," Loureiro said.

"We normally play a possession game, but Chesapeake is fast and we had to change that a little bit. We're really versatile and made the adjustments we needed to. We played faster and longer."

It was in the 67th minute of the fast-paced game that Severna Park broke the ice with Williams' penalty kick. Freshman Emily Zido was tripped by Chesapeake goalkeeper Catie Wienke (six saves), although the call was rather indecisive by the referee, resulting in complaints by Cougars coach Jerry McBee and his assistants.

Williams put the ball in the right corner to make it 1-0.

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