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Late goal sends Severna Park to defeat in state final

BALTIMORE — Severna Park’s bid for a fourth boys soccer state championship was denied on Saturday after Bethesda-Chevy Chase scored in the final minutes and held on for a 1-0 victory in the Class 4A state final at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

Liam Brocker scored the game’s only goal with just 1 minute, 26 seconds left and the Barons held off one final push from the Falcons and won their sixth state title and first since 2007. Bethesda-CC closed the season with six straight shutouts and improved to 6-0 in state finals.

Brocker’s goal came after Severna Park goalie Sam Farrell made a stop on an initial shot, but the rebound went right to the opportunistic Brocker.

“We played a great game and came out in the second half and created a bunch of opportunities,” Severna Park coach Ryan Parisi said. “We were the better team. There’s no doubt about it, but it’s a game of inches.”

Neither team threatened much in the first half and went into the locker room scoreless.

Severna Park’s Drew Belloff found some space in the 11th minute and got off the Falcons’ first shot, but it went wide of the net.

Farrell got in the game about two minutes later and was in perfect position to cut off a shot from Nathan Messer on the Barons’ first chance.

The Falcons (18-1-1) attempted their first corner in the 17th minute, but a header went wide.

Farrell made a stop on a free kick in the 37th minute and gave up a rebound, but the Falcons cleared.

Messer got free in the 50th minute, but wasn’t able to get a lot on the ball and it rolled harmlessly to Farrell.

Belloff had a chance to put the Falcons ahead 16 minutes into the second half, but he was stopped on a penalty kick by Barons’ goalie Bennett Schwartz after getting fouled in the box. Belloff went low and to Schwartz’s left, but the netminder guessed correctly and kept the game scoreless. Belloff, the Falcons’ leading scorer, had scored on penalty kicks in the Falcons’ region-final and state-semifinal victories.

“There were a bunch of opportunities to score,” Belloff said. “At the end of the day, I didn’t finish the ones I should have. The game could have gone either way.”

The Falcons continued to push and forced a pair of corner kicks with roughly nine minutes left, but neither produced a quality chance.

Belloff created a good chance at the 8-minute mark, but Schwartz was in good position to deny the chance.

“The boys played. I’m the coach, but they’re the ones who won,” Bethesda-CC coach Guillermo Melendez said. “I’m very proud of my boys.”

The Falcons were playing in the state final for the 13th time and first since winning their third state title in 2013. They were playing in the state tournament for the 22nd time.

“It was an unbelievable year,” Parisi said. “I think anyone that doubts the level of play in high school soccer, we’ll feel free to send them a video of our 20 games and they’ll see a very entertaining, attacking style. We’ve got 27 guys who competed hard.”

Class 4A state final

Bethesda-Chevy Chase 1, Severna Park 0

Goals: B-CC — Brocker.

Assists: B-CC — Anderson.

Saves: BCC — Schwartz 3; SP- Farrell 5

Halftime: Tied, 0-0.

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