Severna Park's cheering section borrowed a jingle from a popular soft drink company to motivate the team yesterday afternoon, but after watching the way the top-seeded Falcons handled host Spalding, it was obvious that Severna Park field hockey is still the real thing.
In classic Severna Park style, the Falcons (4-0) scored early and authoritatively before downing the No. 11 Cavaliers, 3-2, for their 40th straight victory.
"I'm disappointed that we let two goals go in because I don't think we needed to do that, but a win is a win," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton.
"There's a winning tradition at Severna Park and these girls don't want to be part of the team that lets it down."
The Falcons' pinpoint passing helped set up Amy Noble's opening goal just over two minutes into the game.
The visitors went ahead 2-0 with 22:14 left in the half when Ani Mason angled a shot into the left corner from 15 yards out.
The three-time defending state champs completed the hat trick with 1:40 remaining in the half as Cristen Hancock hammered one through traffic and into the back of the cage.
Spalding (3-1), which outscored its first three opponents 9-1, finally got on the board with 15:24 left when forward Amy Sledgeski slipped a shot past Severna Park second-half goalie Laura Snider.
The Cavaliers scored again when Kathy Bauhaus fed Stephanie Paxson, but with 27 seconds left in the game it came too late.
Severna Park goalie Amy Matthiew shut out the Cavs in the first half with nine saves but Spalding keeper Trish Kircher returned the favor by holding the Falcons scoreless in the final 30 minutes.
"The second half they played their game but the first half Spalding looked pretty pitiful," said Spalding coach Mary Pat Bozel.
"I'm disappointed because I expected us to win or go into overtime but I'm proud of the kids because they didn't give up."