Arundel boys top Severna Park for 2nd straight county crown

No. 7 Wildcats claim first outright title

Severna Park girls win

Soccer

October 26, 2006|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun Reporter

Arundel repeated as Anne Arundel County boys soccer champions with a 4-1 victory over Severna Park last night at Broadneck's Lawrence E. Knight Stadium in Cape St. Claire.

The No. 7 Wildcats (11-2-2) shared last year's county title with Broadneck after the teams played to a 0-0 tie in double overtime. Since the county final began in 1994, Arundel had only appeared one other time before last season, a 5-0 loss to Chesapeake in 1997.

"It's great to win it outright this time," said Wildcats senior Brendan McCarron, who scored his team's first and last goals. "It's a lot better than last year, much better than a tie. It's nothing bittersweet this time."

James Posinski scored on an over-the-shoulder pass from Jon McGowan, giving the Wildcats a 2-0 lead at the half. Arundel's third goal came on a penalty kick by Jason McCarron, Brendan's younger brother.

It came after the No. 6 Falcons (13-2) got a goal by Haig Topjian in the 10th minute of the second half to make it a 2-1 contest.

"I liked our intensity to start the second half," said coach Bob Thomas, who led Severna Park to a 4-3 win over Arundel last week in the final regular season game.

"We were starting to beat them to balls. We got that goal to make it 2-1, but they got that penalty kick and it took the wind out of our sails."

The third Wildcats goal came in the 12th minute. Jon McGowan took the first shot on the penalty kick, but it was blocked by Falcons goalie Peter Koffler. Jason McCarron retrieved the errant shot and scored off the left hand of a diving Koffler in the right corner.

"We made some bad mistakes last week, and they took advantage of us being the good team that they are," said Arundel coach Nick Jauschnegg, a 29-year veteran.

"We scored enough last week to win, but we gave up too many. This week we played a little better defensively, a little smarter."

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

Girls

While Meade was celebrating an upset win on Severna Park's field earlier this month, Falcons coach Gary Lam ordered his players to take a long, hard look, making sure each stored the image for a later time.

The time came last night, in the Anne Arundel County championship game, when the No. 6 Falcons got early goals in each half - Emily Zido getting the first and Samantha Young providing the second - and an organized defensive effort throughout to return the favor with a 3-0 win over the No. 14 Mustangs.

The Falcons (12-2) claimed their eighth county crown since the championship game started in 1994.

"We saw them celebrate on our field and remembered how it felt and wanted to make sure that wouldn't happen again," Young said.

Shut down for 80 minutes in the first meeting, Severna Park showed early urgency and found a quick reward when Zido ran on to a through ball from Young and finished off a left-footed chance from 15 yards in the game's eighth minute.

Although the Mustangs didn't panic and had their share of possession in the first half, they were unable to find an equalizer, ending the first half down 1-0.

Just two minutes into the second half, Young found a loose ball deep in the box on the left side and scored to make the lead 2-0. Junior midfielder Samantha Novy closed out the scoring in the game's final minute.

Glenn Graham

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