Falcons pin 3-2 defeat on Cougars Girls soccer


Severna Park's streak of not being scored upon ended in the first half last night, but the undefeated season goes on.

Michelle Rose headed in a corner kick by Shelley Seivert with 4:04 left to give co-No. 2 Severna Park a 3-2 victory over No. 9 Chesapeake in Pasadena.

Junior Melissa Wagner put the Cougars (4-1-1) ahead twice with goals, but each time, the Falcons rallied.

"I really don't think we had played up to our potential up until this time," said coach Joyce Stefancik. "Tonight, we did a better job of putting it together."

Wagner's first goal off a pass from Erin Thomas at 23:39 of the opening half had given Chesapeake a 1-0 lead. Wagner was stumbling forward as she made contact with the ball, and it rolled past charging Severna Park keeper Shannon Chaney for the first goal allowed by the Falcons this season.

Severna Park (6-0), tied with Hammond in The Baltimore Sun's poll, needed just 31 seconds to respond. When the Cougars failed to clear the ball out of their end, junior Jess Hines took advantage by placing a shot over goalkeeper Sandra Norris.

Norris (13 saves) survived a barrage of shots from the visitors to open the second half, and Wagner rewarded her by scoring for a 2-1 lead. But again, it wouldn't last.

This time, Severna Park sophomore Lindsay Poland got to a loose ball and lofted a shot over Norris at 27:17. Both goalkeepers then made clutch saves to preserve the tie until Seivert and Rose teamed for the game-winner.

"It was a well-played game and you've got to give it to Chesapeake. They just don't give up," said Stefancik.

The news wasn't all good for Severna Park, however. Kelly Stanton injured her left knee in the first half and had to be carried from the field.

Stefancik said she will be out indefinitely.

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