Severna Park wins fifth shutout Girls soccer


Annapolis couldn't solve Severna Park's defense, either. Now it's Chesapeake's turn.

Severna Park, tied with Hammond for No. 2 in The Baltimore Sun's girls soccer poll behind McDonogh, continued its shutout touch by defeating Annapolis, 2-0, yesterday.

In fashioning a 5-0 record, the Falcons have outscored their opponents 14-0. Sophomore goalkeeper Shannon Chaney had two saves in registering her fifth shutout.

"They took it to us and were very physical," said Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik. "Everybody's playing us tough. When you're on top, they want to knock you off."

Yesterday's victory was the Falcons' second by 2-0. They slipped past Broadneck, 1-0. They'll take on Chesapeake tomorrow.

After a scoreless first half, Severna Park scored 18 1/2 minutes into the second when Erin Wylde headed in a corner kick from Shelley Seivert. Gretchen Young scored the final goal.

Stefancik said before the season that she expected the team "to score by committee," and that is the way it is unfolding. Wylde leads with six goals, but six other girls have accounted for the remaining eight.

"We don't have stars," Stefancik said. "If I were an opposing coach, I wouldn't know who on this team to tell my players to mark."

Severna Park lost its No. 2 scorer, Jess Hines, in the first half with a gash above her mouth that required stitches. She is probable for tomorrow's game.

Annapolis was deflated after an apparent second-half goal was nullified by an offsides penalty.

"We never recovered from that," Annapolis coach Rick King said. "But this was the best we've played against Severna Park, ever."

The King-Stefancik rivalry dates almost to the start of girls soccer in the county. Stefancik leads 14-0.

"There was a 3-1 loss in there and a few 10-0s," King said, smiling wryly.

King brought Annapolis to the Falcons' Roberts Field with hopes high. The Panthers (2-3) had beaten Broadneck and Meade and lost to North County and Dulaney. They already had scored as many goals (11) as they did all last season.

"This is the best team I've brought to Severna Park," King said before the game. "It's the first time in 14 years I can force them to mark my players. I always used to come here just trying to stop their scoring machine."

King attributes Annapolis' improvement to youth and a strong bench. Freshman Kate Bjorke started the season on the JV, was promoted when Amy Brew injured a knee and has scored three goals, placing her second behind Dana Curran (four).

"The bench is solid," King said.

"In the past, we got tired. Now we have quality halfbacks who can come in when the other girls do get tired."

Annapolis goalie Cristi Samaras, a senior captain, made 16 saves.

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