Young propels Severna Park

Senior's 3 goals pace 3-2 girls soccer victory over Chesa.-AA

G. Forest field hockey wins

Fall sports

September 27, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

Severna Park senior Samantha Young has scored a number of goals a number of ways over her four-year varsity soccer career.

Every which way was on display last night against Anne Arundel County rival Chesapeake.

After some good fortune in the first half, Young, Anne Arundel's Player of the Year last season, used power and poise in finishing with a three-goal performance. Each goal was needed as the host and No. 6 Falcons fought off a late Cougars rally in a 3-2 win.

Severna Park improved to 5-1 overall and 4-0 in the county, while No. 13 Chesapeake fell to 5-2 and 3-1 in the league.

When Young raced to a perfectly placed through ball from senior midfielder Samira Ghaffari and one-timed a left-footed shot to the opposite post with 16:55 left, it gave the Falcons a 3-1 lead.

But the Cougars cut the lead to 3-2 on a goal from Sarah Jessilonis with eight minutes left and then made the Falcons earn the win with good pressure the rest of the way.

Along with scoring the three goals - her second a well-placed shot from 35 yards - Young played a solid all-around game, seeing time at midfield and up front.

"Forward is my main position, but whatever the team needs me to do I'm willing to do to help the team win, because it's all a group effort and it takes everyone to win the game," said Young, who has six goals this season.

The Falcons controlled play for good chunks of the first half and were rewarded with a 1-0 halftime lead on Young's first in the 24th minute.

After hitting a short corner kick, Young got the ball played back to her down the right side and sent a cross on goal that Chesapeake senior goalie Kayla Henze went high to save, but couldn't keep it outside the line.

The Cougars made halftime adjustments and played a better second half to get back in the game. Trailing 2-0, senior midfielder Kristen Milligan hit a volley off a cross from junior Alexis Jankiewicz to get their offense on track.

Field hockey

No. 4 Garrison Forest 1, No. 13 St. Paul's 0 -- Poppy Hall deflected in a drive from Keegan Billick for the only goal as the host Grizzlies (8-1) remained unbeaten at 5-0 in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference. Hall scored with 7:50 left in the first half and St. Paul's goalie Kelly Muedeking made 14 saves to keep the Gators (4-3, 4-2) close.

glenn.graham@baltsun.com

Sun reporter Katherine Dunn contributed to this article.

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