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Severna Park gets 'slap,' then win Falcons give up 1st goal, but defeat Old Mill, 2-1


Something strange happened to Severna Park and its goalkeeper, Shannon Chaney, last night.

The other team scored a goal.

It was the first goal given up this season by the 5-foot-11 Chaney, and only the 16th she has allowed in 39 games over more than two seasons.

In her fourth season as a starter, Chaney has 39 shutouts.

"It was like a slap in the face with cold water," said Severna Park sophomore midfielder Linda Hall. "It woke us up."

Hall came back to score one goal and feed Dana Cappello on a cross for a second goal, leading ninth-ranked host Severna Park (5-0) to a 2-1 decision over No. 13 Old Mill.

The deciding goal by Cappello came 16 minutes, 38 seconds into the second half.

Cappello, a junior striker, scored on the perfect cross by Hall after the ball barely eluded the foot of teammate Courtney Lemon in front of the net. Lemon could not quite catch up to the pass but Cappello was right behind her to stick the ball in the net.

It was just the opposite situation on Severna Park's first goal that tied the score at 1 11:16 into the first half, with Cappello crossing the ball to Hall.

The Hall goal came 26 seconds after the goal by Old Mill's Carina Sonberg for a 1-0 lead.

Old Mill's Jennifer Mazzola sent the ball in front of the goal off a corner kick and it bounced around in front of the net before Sonberg kicked it in.

Sonberg, a senior forward, was right in the middle of everything offensively for Old Mill (2-2-1) last night and came close to scoring goals twice in the second half.

Mazzola and Alicia Curran also had narrow misses for the Patriots on a night that had them outshooting the Falcons, 16-10.

But many of those 16 shots were not high-percentage ones and Chaney was credited with 12 saves for the winners.

"The difference was our goalkeeper," said Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik.

"Shannon is the best goalkeeper in the state. She has size, determination and intensity. I thought our defense also played well with Susan Stanke doing an excellent job on Sonberg."

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