Despite loss, Severna Park making progress

Sticking with the theme for several games over the two days of the South River Showcase, one goal was all that separated Severna Park and Roland Park on Saturday.

That goal came from Roland Park’s Shannon Smith, who used a nice individual effort to score the game-winner 23 seconds into the second overtime to give the Reds a 10-9 victory over the Falcons.

Roland Park (6-4) led by three goals with a little more than 13 minutes left in regulation, but watched the Falcons score four straight to take a late lead. Sierra Cockerille forced the extra session with a goal with six seconds left in regulation.

“Shannon is goal hungry, and that’s where you want the ball,” Roland Park coach Kim McNemar said. “The game came down to digging deep and heart. They have to believe and play with heart, and that’s exactly what they did. I’m very proud of them.”

For Severna Park, Saturday’s loss was its third straight, which included another one goal loss on Monday against St. Mary’s. The Falcons also fell to Good Counsel on Thursday in the first day of the tournament.

Despite the third straight loss, Falcons’ coach Kaitlyn Hines saw plenty of improvement in her team over the course of the six days where it played three solid programs.

“I was so proud of them. Just a huge turnaround from where we’ve come the last two games,” Hines said. “We really played smart, we played our game and we kept our heads up and kept fighting through things. I was just so proud that they didn’t give up or shut down.”

Smith’s goal was her fourth of the game, while Cockerille led the Reds with five goals. Kiki Shaw scored the other goal for Roland Park, which bounced back from a loss to South River on Thursday on a goal in the final seconds. The Reds also fell by a goal to Archbishop Spalding on Wednesday and were playing their third game in four days.

“It doesn’t hurt us to play games like this. You always want to play the best public schools,” McNemar said. “It’s always good to play good competition.”

Hunter Chadwick had three goals and an assist to lead Severna Park (1-3). Two of her goals came during the four-goal run, including the one that gave the Falcons the lead at the 2:37 mark. Cam Chew won the ensuing draw and the Falcons were poised to run the clock out, but turned the ball over with a little more than a minute left.

Chew had two goals and an assist, Haley Betch had a pair of goals and Kayla Minton and Alex Miller each added goals for the Falcons, who will host Chesapeake on Tuesday. Falcons’ goalie Delaney Ott made several tough saves in the second half, including a point-blank stop on Shaw while the game was tied at 8 at the 4:30 mark of regulation.

“I love seeing the best competition we can possibly see,” Hines said. “Playing big teams like this just helps us in the long run. We saw a lot, we’re learning a lot and we’re just going to keep getting better.”

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