With their 3-0 field hockey victory over Broadneck yesterday, the Severna Park Falcons exorcised a demon that has haunted them since a year ago.
Ever since Broadneck snapped the Falcons' unbeaten streak at 47 with a 1-0 overtime victory, Falcons coach Lil Shelton has been trying to put that loss behind her.
Beneath the lights at Severna Park High School, the Falcons held an advantage in shots (13-2) and penalty corners (9-3) in a game that went a long way to help erase the memory of that defeat.
"We were psyched for this game and when you're as psyched as we were, you're bound to play well," said senior defender Katie Woodcock.
Woodcock scored her fourth goal of the season with eight minutes left in the first half to give her squad a 1-0 lead. She took an assist from Holly Roessler just inside the circle and blasted a low shot home past several defenders.
Lil Shelton, in her 16th year, has led the Falcons to 10 county titles, nine regional titles and five state titles.
Severna Park junior Jen Stone scored her seventh goal of the season with 16:00 left in the game and Amy Dolan (nine goals) tallied with 9:45 remaining.
The contest matched the county's two unbeaten squads: Severna Park came into the game with a 9-0 overall record and Broadneck came in at 8-0-1, 4-0-1 in the 4A League.
Broadneck, coached by Phoebe Kelly, had allowed just one goal with seven shutouts coming into the game. That score came in its last game, a 2-1 victory over Annapolis.
At first, the Bruins fans were louder. And their posters in support of their team -- including one that read "Bruins equals excellence" --outnumbered those of the Falcons fans.
But the Falcons' high-pressured attack was even more high-spirited, led by seniors Tricia Gately (11 goals, two assists), Dolan (eight, three), Petra Smeehyzen (six, three) and Stone.
Their first-half penetration in the Broadneck side of the field resulted in seven penalty corners and four shots.
And thanks to a stingy Falcons defense, keeper Amy Foster rarely had to put a stick on the ball and the Bruins' leading scorers, senior forwards Krissy Boradail and Michelle Leonard (three goals, nine assists), were held scoreless.
The Falcons have been the Class 4A state runner-ups the past two seasons.
The Bruins will try to get back on the winning road today as they play host to South River. The Falcons play host to Southern.