Hadaway answers call as Severna Park wins, 3-2

Beating Urbana produces third crown in four years

Class 3A girls soccer final

High Schools

November 16, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park senior midfielder Shannon Hadaway had done the little things, some bigger things and most everything in between during the course of the No. 2 Falcons' long and successful season.

So midway through the second half of yesterday's tightly contested Class 3A state final against Urbana, it wasn't much of a surprise that Severna Park coach Gary Lam asked to her to do a little more when it counted the most.

"How bad do you want this?" Lam asked.

Hadaway didn't waste much time answering, or finding the back of the net, scoring her seventh and by far biggest goal of the season to help lead Severna Park to a 3-2 win over the fast and skilled Hawks from Frederick County.

The Falcons (17-1) successfully defended their state crown, winning for the third time in four years and capturing their sixth overall title to tie Centennial for the most by a girls soccer program.

"We've asked a lot of her and she was looking [tired], so I was basically being a cheerleader trying to get her going," said Lam. "She kind of glared over at me right after the goal. I think she knew what we were asking from her and she did it. It's extremely fitting."

How the entire game unfolded was also fitting for the Falcons, who overcame injuries and leaned on unproven underclassmen all season to somehow find a way to keep winning.

Last night, freshman Emily Zido matched the Hawks (14-4-1) goal for goal, with two in a fast-paced first half.

Senior goalkeeper Christie York (11 saves) and a resilient Severna Park defense did its part in the second half while Hadaway provided the needed goal with 15:42 left, with strong work from Bridget Zingler coming first.

Melissa Loureiro's corner kick went to the near post, where Zingler fended off a defender to nudge it in front for Hadaway, who one-timed it to the far post with her left foot from six yards.

"I just knew I had to do something," said Hadaway. "Bridget had an amazing fight for the ball and then I just hit it in. The team was a lot younger this year and the underclassmen really stepped it up for us. For the seniors, this was our last chance."

The Falcons' defense stayed organized and poised through the final 15 minutes to secure the win, with York easily handling Julianne Lapsa's shot from 16 yards in the closing minutes.

Adversity seemed to be a welcome challenge for the Falcons throughout the postseason. They were down 2-0 at Leonardtown in the South regional final before coming out on top, 3-2. They were outplayed in overtime against River Hill in the state semifinal, but found the answer in a shootout.

And Urbana matched their speed and skill on UMBC's fast artificial turf. But the last challenge was met like the rest.

"I think it's just being a team, being united with a common goal and just working hard and being determined to win," said senior back Zara Nematollahi.

Goals: SP -- Zido 2, Hadaway; U -- A. Lee, C. Lee. Assists: SP -- Young, Zingler. Saves: SP -- York 11; U -- Chen 2, Gwinn 3. Half: 2-2.

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