No. 4 Severn uses familiar formula in 1-0 win over No. 12 Notre Dame Prep

Eddy Shoop scores late goal to give Admirals win

September 17, 2014|By Bob Hough | Baltimore Sun Media Group

Severn's defense, goalkeeping and the timely scoring of Eddy Shoop have helped the girls soccer team get off to a quick start this season.

That same formula helped the No. 4 Admirals win again on Wednesday.

Shoop scored late in the game and the Severn defense was strong once again in front of Alayah Hightower in a 1-0 Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference victory over No. 12 Notre Dame Prep.

The Admirals won their second straight game and sixth in seven tries. They've now recorded four shutouts and have won three games by one goal.

"Last year was my first my year of the program and it was them feeling me out and me feeling them out," Severn coach Albert Oni said. "We're just a little more experienced this year."

Shoop, who now has nine goals and has scored in each of the Admirals' six wins, scored the only goal her team needed when she took control of a loose ball in the box and went high to beat Ashley Gabor in the 75th minute. She also scored in the final minute of a 1-0 victory over Severna Park on Sept. 8.

"We have this system that we use, so if we stay with the system we can get the ball up the field," Shoop said. "They're a good team and we're a good team. It's usually a good battle."

Shoops's goal came after the Blazers had started to carry the play midway through the second half. Shortly after an NDP goal was waived off due to an offsides call, Hightower had to make a stop on Kristen Marcotte's chance with 16 minutes left.

Allison Voorhees and Abbie Manning denied chances from Isabella Barbiera twice in the span of a minute, then Voorhees cleared the ball out of danger following a corner kick two minutes later.

"We adjusted in the second half and controlled a little bit more of the game," NDP coach Val Teixeira said. "We had a lot of opportunities, but didn't put the ball in the back of the net."

NDP (3-1) was able to apply some pressure in the final minutes, but Cierra Kopecky made a nice play to separate Morayo Adenegan from the ball with a minute left to preserve the shutout.

Hightower finished with seven saves for Severn, which has given up just five goals in seven games.

"We practice a lot with our system in the back, and I think we have a really strong defense," said Manning, who also cleared the ball out of the box several times in the first half to help keep the game scoreless. "We trust each other really well and we always support each other to help each other out when one of us gets beat."

Severn, which fell to NDP by one goal twice last year, improved to 2-0 in the A Conference and will play No. 8 Archbishop Spalding on Wednesday. The Admirals will also play two out-of-conference games at the Severn Soccer Tournament on Saturday.

"It's always a close game and they're very well coached," Oni said. "They have a large team and a lot of quality players. It's always a great game."

Notre Dame Prep (3-1)000

Severn (6-1)011

GOALS: SE — Shoop. ASSISTS: SE — Luscher. SAVES: NDP — Gabor 6; SE — Hightower 7. SHOTS: NDP — 9; SE — 9. CORNERS: NDP — 4; SE — 3.

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