Don Gregg called it unlikely. Little did the Severna Park coach know how soon his words would come true.
Entering last night's game against North County, Severna Park had a goals yield of five in eight games. The school record of six was set by the 1988 team, which posted 11 shutouts in 16 games.
"It's possible we can break the record," Gregg said before the game, "but certainly not likely."
Less than six minutes into the game, North County's Emanuel Uche scored -- goal No. 6 against Severna Park. So much for the Falcons' visions of breaking the record.
Uche also scored the winning goal as North County (8-1), No. 13 in The Baltimore Sun's poll, upset No. 6 Severna Park (7-2), 3-2, in a drizzle at the Falcons' Roberts Field. With seven minutes remaining, Uche headed in Chuck Colvin's corner kick, breaking a 2-2 tie.
After Uche's first goal, Severna Park's Matt Swift tied it at 1-1 before Chris Consentino solved Falcons goalie Andy Sheehan on a direct free kick from 20 yards for a 2-1 halftime advantage.
With 18 minutes gone in the second half, Severna Park's Scott Neuberger tied it at 2-2 with his ninth goal of the season. The junior striker dribbled through three defenders and around goalie Matt Collins and tapped the ball into the goal.
North County coach Steve Malone was talking before the game about the difficulty of playing a quality team like the Falcons.
"You have to really work for what you get," Malone said. "We'll have to play our best -- and if we do that, it'll keep them from playing their best."
As far as a low-goal yield was concerned, Severna Park began the season inauspiciously. The Falcons, No. 4 in The Sun's preseason poll, took on No. 1 Calvert Hall and lost, 3-0.
In the days after that, the record was the last thing on their minds.
"We were without five players that day," Gregg said. "Three guys were on academic probation and two others were injured. We made some adjustments after the Calvert Hall game, moved people around."
The only other teams to solve Severna Park's defense were Glen Burnie, which took a 1-0 lead before losing, 2-1, and South River in a game that was tied at halftime, 1-1.
For North County, last night's game was its second in as many nights. After its first loss of the season, last Friday to Old Mill, 3-1, the Knights came back with a 3-0 victory over Broadneck Monday.