Severna Park gets it together, 2-0

Severn holds No. 1 Falcons scoreless for 45 minutes

High Schools

Field hockey

September 04, 2004|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,SUN STAFF

After 45 minutes of scoreless field hockey in yesterday afternoon's season opener at Severn, Severna Park coach Lil Shelton turned to the player nearest her on the field, Sam Price.

"Sam, I want a goal," Shelton told the senior forward.

Less than a minute later, Price crossed a ball that ricocheted toward teammate Jill Puffenbarger, who finished it off.

The No. 1 Falcons (1-0) added one more goal from Tara Gardner in the waning minutes to take a 2-0 victory over their neighborhood rivals.

"This is one of our biggest games," Price said. "It's our opening game, and once we win this, we get on a momentum thing. Since we're so close and we always have been a big rivalry, it's a really important game that we love to win."

While the Admirals had the better of play in the first half, the Falcons turned the tide with a shot in the first 20 seconds of the second half. They kept attacking until Puffenbarger's goal.

Admirals goalie Jobi Manson fought off seven shots, including a couple just before Puffenbarger's goal. The senior finished with 11 saves.

"Jobi did a really good job," Price said. "I give her a lot of credit. We just kept batting it at her and finally got it past her."

The Falcons started the play by crossing the ball from the left side. Manson stopped the first shot and then another off the rebound.

"Then [Price] crossed it and I was on the ground and they whipped it around me," Manson said. "There were too many people in front of the goal. It was one of those goals you hate to give up."

Manson made one more save in the half before Gardner scored on a nice shot out of a crowd with 2:01 left.

"One of our goals is to be undefeated," said Shelton, whose team has won 14 state titles, including last season's Class 3A crown. "You can't be undefeated if you can't win the first one. We needed to play as a team. We just weren't clicking in the first half."

The Admirals did everything but finish in the first half, and they came awfully close a couple of times.

With 11 minutes left in the first half, Kyle Roth and Erika Wilson beat a defender in a two-on-one break and got behind Falcons keeper Dee Crovo, who came out into the circle to play the ball, but the shot carried wide.

Roth had another nice shot 20 seconds before halftime, but Crovo, who made six saves, stopped it.

"For our first game, I can't applaud our girls more coming up against Severna Park," said Severn first-year coach Jessica Burke. "Now we need to be the team that, when the ball's in the circle, we need to finish the opportunities we've created."

No. 9 Towson 2, No. 4 Glenelg 1: The Generals (1-0) surprised the Gladiators (0-1). Senior goalie Jess Wurzbacher, who finished with seven saves, secured the defense and made big plays toward the end of regulation.

No. 5 Bryn Mawr 3, No. 10 Fallston 0: After losing last year to the Cougars, 1-0, the Mawrtians (1-0) easily handled the Cougars (0-1).

"It was a nice hockey game," said Mawrtians coach Jeanette Budzik. "It was a fast-paced game and went back and forth."

Long Reach Tournament: Yesterday's games were postponed to today because of the absence of officials. No. 15 Long Reach will play Oakland Mills at 10 a.m., and No. 2 St. Paul's will face C. Milton Wright at noon.

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