Friends surprised by Severn in boys soccer

The season was moving along quite nicely for Friends until Severn ruined it in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference semifinal Thursday afternoon.

The third-seeded Admirals handed second-seeded Friends a 3-1 loss to end the Quakers' season.

Senior forward Cedric Charlier scored in the 4th minute on a breakaway when he got behind two defenders and easily beat goalie Zach Domenech to the left corner.

The problem was the Quakers (12-3-1) became overconfident and figured the lead would stand up. 

"We didn't show up for the game we normally play," said Friends coach Sean Rush, whose team had beaten Severn, 3-0, on Oct. 31. "We did for the first 10 minutes. The boys just thought, 'We put one in the back of the net. We will ride on it. We are good enough to do that' I think the boys already thought they were in the finals." 

Severn (15-3-3) answered quickly to Friends' goal. The Admirals' Zac Davliakos scoreed on a free kick about two minutes later.

The visitors went ahead 2-1 in the 37th minute when Andrew DeStefano redirected Davliakos' crossing pass past a diving Will Frost.

Frost was given a yellow card in the 48th minute for a hand ball, which gave Severn a penalty kick.

Frost had to come out of the game for the penalty kick and was replaced by Henry Apgar, who went hastily onto the field wearing a short-sleeve shirt.

Max Hurlebaus converted the kick.

"It was definitely a good call by the referee," Rush said. "It was definitely a PK. He (Apgar) came in for it and wasn't ready. We warm up the goalie at halftime." 

The Quakers -- who outshot the Admirals 21-9 -- had some excellent scoring chances in the final 20 minutes.

Charlier intercepted a ball Domenech had trouble clearing, but the forward booted the ball over the goal.

Later, Domench made a diving save on Conner Finn's shot on a penalty kick.


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