Rarity: Severna Park drops close one

varsity soccer state semifinals

Bowie ends Falcons' season, 1-0

Perry Hall wins shootout to reach final

Fallston advances

November 09, 2008

All season, the Severna Park boys soccer team has combined poise and good fortune to find a way to win the close game.

In yesterday's Class 4A state semifinal against strong and talented Bowie, the No. 4 Falcons' time ran out.

The Bulldogs from Prince George's County got a goal from junior forward Patrick Thornton in the 52nd minute and then used their sturdy defense, led by senior sweeper Daniel Walker, to end the Falcons' season, 1-0. Bowie (17-0) will take on Perry Hall in the 4A state title game next weekend at UMBC Stadium. A date and time have yet to be determined. The Falcons, who got a strong 11-save performance from senior goalkeeper Peter Koffler, finished 15-2.

GLENN GRAHAM

No. 6 Perry Hall 0, Magruder 0 : (Perry Hall won on penalty kicks, 3-1): : The memories of last year's four-goal loss to Magruder in the state championship resurfaced this week for No. 6 Perry Hall as the Gators prepared for the rematch in last night's Class 4A West state semifinal.

Perry Hall outplayed the Colonels for long stretches, and after 100 minutes of scoreless play, the Gators won the penalty-kick shootout, 3-1, at CCBC-Essex. Perry Hall plays Bowie next weekend at UMBC.

"This year, we came out and we were a much different team, a possession-oriented team," Perry Hall coach Danny Skelton said. "We are much more composed. It was a very evenly played match, and it's unfortunate it had to end that way. But I am very happy we stayed composed."

Perry Hall (16-2), which has scored 42 goals and allowed only five this season, attacked from the opening whistle, and Joe Glos' shot from 25 yards was tipped around the far post by Stephen Magliaro in the 26th minute. As regulation ticked away, each team became increasingly conservative, dropping as many as eight players in the back, to not fall behind.

Magruder (10-3-5) controlled most of the overtime periods by winning the majority of loose balls, but neither team could find the finishing touch.

Magliaro (.650 goals against average) was the biggest difference for Magruder by dominating the penalty area. Goalie Zach Kane was equally effective for Perry Hall.

TODD KARPOVICH

Class 3A

No. 8 Fallston 1, La Plata 0:: Senior midfielder Derek Hyde headed home a long throw from senior Mike Hamilton midway through the first half and the Cougars' defense handled a rugged La Plata side to advance to the state championship.

The Cougars (16-2) will meet Tuscarora next weekend at UMBC Stadium. A date and time have yet to be determined.

Hard work in practice paid off for the offense, and Fallston coach Chris Hoover was impressed with how his defense, led by senior Jordan Lozzi, protected the lead.

GLENN GRAHAM

Tuscarora 2, Towson 1, OT: : Towson was just 1:55 away from advancing to its fourth state title game in the past six years, but Tuscarora's relentless pressure paid off as the Titans scored the equalizer after pushing most of their players forward in the closing minutes.

Wayne Craig then got the winner for Tuscarora four minutes into the first overtime for a victory in the Class 3A West semifinal at CCBC-Essex. Tuscarora, playing in its first state playoffs, plays No. 8 Fallston next weekend at UMBC.

After a scoreless first half, the Generals (11-4-1) got on the board in the 48th minute when Travis Kunder picked up a loose ball and carried it to the top of the penalty before making a pass to Jon Becker, who was supporting him from the far side and fired the ball into the top of the goal.

Tuscarora (9-6-2), which is playing only its fifth season of varsity soccer, pressured Towson for most of the second half, and Kevin Ruzbacki finally found the net in the 78th minute on a sliding shot inside the penalty area. The Titans continued to attack in the opening overtime, and Craig knocked in a loose ball from about 5 yards for the winner.

TODD KARPOVICH

Class 2A

LIBERTY 2, LOCH RAVEN 1: : David Showman and Connor Rigby each had a goal to lead the Lions (15-2-1) over the visiting Raiders (11-5-1) in a 2A state semifinal. Showman was set up in the box and scored off a header from Mark Gillen to put the Lions on the board. Rigby followed up five minutes later when he crashed the goal after a rebound and sneaked his shot past the Loch Raven goalie. The Lions advance to the 2A final, where they will face J.M. Bennett.

Girls

Class 2A

No. 4 Eastern Tech 0, North Hagerstown 0 (Eastern Tech won on penalty kicks, 3-1): : Neither team budged for 100 minutes before the Mavericks (14-1-1) advanced to their second straight state title game with three poised finishes and a final save from senior goalie Amanda Walters in the shootout session.

Junior defender Kelsey Ports, senior forward Brittany Rhodes and sophmore midfielder Jamie Richardson were successful on penalty kicks, while the Hubs missed their first two chances. North Hagerstown senior Amanda hutzeel needed to score to keep the Hubs' hopes alive, but her shot to the lower right corner was turned away by Walters to send the Mavericks to the title game.

GLENN GRAHAM

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