Arundel girls soccer coach Paul Yannuzzi has a theory about how Severna Park is able to reload each season and remain one of the area's toughest teams.
"The water must be good there," he said.
Yesterday, his team's luck was bad in Gambrills.
No. 8 Severna Park rallied from a 1-0 deficit on two goals by junior Lindsey Poland -- the second coming on a fluke play -- and defeated No. 9 Arundel, 2-1.
Poland had tied the score, 1-1, when she tapped in a crossing pass from Tammy Permenter seven minutes into the second half.
With three minutes remaining, she lofted a corner kick that Arundel goalkeeper Marcia Lavin mishandled. Lavin dived on the ball, but not before it had crossed the line.
"She just didn't catch the ball," Yannuzzi said. "I guess it went over the line. She tried on it."
Poland said she was concerned when Arundel scored first, "but I knew we would get it back. I thought we were playing really good."
Freshman forward Mandy Schulz had given the Wildcats (2-1) a 1-0 lead when she chipped a shot over the head of Falcons goalkeeper Shannon Chaney, who lost the ball in the sun, at 16:58 of the first half.
Less than eight minutes later, Schulz had to be helped off the field after Chaney slid into her left leg while playing a loose ball. She stayed on the bench until 4:21 was gone in the second half, when paramedics arrived, put her on a stretcher and transported her to North Arundel Hospital.
"She had real trauma to it, a lot of swelling in the calf muscle," Yannuzzi said.
Earlier in the first half, Arundel sophomore forward Jill Jones stepped on the ball and injured her right foot. She watched the rest of the game from the bench.
"It looks bad to me. I told her to get it X-rayed. I'm afraid of that one, too," Yannuzzi said. "She's my best ballplayer. She's lightning fast. That was a big loss. That really hurt us."
Severna Park (2-0) didn't come away unscathed, either. Freshman halfback Katie Rowles was carried off the field by assistant coach Chuck Seivert after injuring her left knee. She spent the rest of the game on the bench. Otherwise, the news was good for the Falcons.
"I'm very pleased with the way our team played tonight," said coach Joyce Stefancik. "They're getting better each time."
Yannuzzi, meanwhile, says his team "can beat anybody in the county" when it plays up to its ability.
"We respect them all," he said, "but I think we can beat them all."