Cougars suffer another shutout, 2-0 Boys soccer


Chesapeake's boys soccer team still can't locate its offense, and yesterday's opponent, Severna Park, wasn't about to help.

The 13th-ranked Cougars failed to score for the fourth straight game, this time losing to No. 10 Severna Park, 2-0, in Pasadena.

After starting off 2-0, Chesapeake had fallen to Broadneck, 1-0, LTC and North County, 2-0, and tied Old Mill, 0-0. The Cougars were trying to end their skid against a team that had won four in a row, including three shutouts, before yesterday's game.

It wouldn't happen.

Severna Park (5-1) scored twice in the first half after being denied four times on lunging saves by Cougars goalkeeper John Smith.

Junior Kelley Harris gave the visitors a 1-0 lead when he lined a shot past Smith off an indirect kick by senior Bryce Poland at 27:52. Harris then set up the next goal, at 29:30, when Smith came out to deflect his shot, and junior Scott Neuberger put the rebound into an open net.

Neuberger began the year at sweeper, moved up to midfield and started at striker yesterday. He has five goals and one assist.

"He gives us a little bit more speed up front," said Severna Park coach Don Gregg, whose team opened the season with a 3-1 loss to Calvert Hall before running off five straight wins.

Chesapeake didn't put a shot on goal until about three minutes remained in the first half.

The game was more evenly played in the second half, and Chesapeake came close to scoring on a couple of occasions. One apparent goal with about 15 minutes left was nullified by a pushing call.

"We worked better in the first half," Gregg said, "but we got what we wanted -- a win, a shutout, and hopefully, nobody's injured. That's what you would like to have.

"We're improving. We've just got to make some better decisions on the field."

Severna Park has been battling injuries all season, and yesterday was no exception. Goalkeepers Chris Rippel and Adam Hurst were unavailable.

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