Falcons get chance to double up in soccer

Boys, girls both seek county crowns today

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October 25, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

The Anne Arundel County boys and girls soccer championships will be decided tonight on Broadneck's synthetic turf field.

The first round of the soccer regional playoffs start Friday with the finals set for Nov. 7, followed by the state semifinals Nov. 10-11 and the state championships Nov. 16-18.

Severna Park has the distinction of playing in both county championship games. The Falcons' No. 6-ranked boys team (13-1) will play No. 7 Arundel (10-1-2) at 5 p.m.

The girls follow at 7 p.m. with No. 6 Severna Park (11-2) meeting upstart 14th-ranked Meade (10-1-3). It will be Meade's first county championship game since the final began in 1994.

Meade last won a county girls soccer title in 1987, taking the then-Class AA crown. The Mustangs were led by Julie McCormick, the Sun county and metro Player of the Year.

Both county finals ended with co-champions last year: Severna Park and Chesapeake tied, 2-2, in the girls final. The same teams shared the title in 1997. It was Severna Park's seventh county title.

Arundel and Broadneck played to a 0-0 draw in the boys final. It was the first for Arundel.

The Severna Park boys have won twice, in 1994 and 1998.

Working overtime

The husband and wife coaching team of Romonzo and Beth Beans are handling the double duty of coaching Broadneck and Anne Arundel Community College very well.

Their high school Bruins are undefeated in the county at 8-0 with three matches left as they look to defend their county title Nov. 2 at Old Mill.

The Anne Arundel CC team is about .500.

"It's working out well," Romonzo Beans said.

"My support staff at Anne Arundel doesn't miss a beat and the high school team is having another good season. It's been a big learning experience for myself and for them at the community college."

Lucky announcer

Annapolis football coach Brian Brown credited Severna Park public address announcer Larry Sells for his Panthers' 27-21 upset of the Falcons in double overtime Friday. "It was the Severna Park announcer's fault that we won in overtime again, " Brown said.

"Two years ago he filled in here at Annapolis [the Panthers won, 13-7, in triple overtime] and tonight our announcer is getting married and he filled in again."

Quick hits

The No. 5 Archbishop Spalding football team (8-0) rushed for 369 yards in its 42-0 demolition of St. Paul's on Friday to run its season total to 2,740, an average of 342.5 yards per game. ... With its overtime loss to Annapolis, Severna Park is 5-1 in the county league, a half game behind both Arundel and Broadneck, which are 6-1.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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