Speed kills and Shannon Chaney chills opponents.
That was the magic formula for fifth-ranked Severna Park again last night as the Falcons turned back fourth-ranked Arundel, 1-0, in an emotion-filled game at Severna Park.
The Falcons outran the Wildcats to the ball most of the evening and the home team got another shutout performance in the goal from Chaney to win this neighborhood battle.
Chaney, a senior, now has 43 shutouts and has allowed just 17 goals in her 59-game career.
Arundel came out very intense in the opening minutes and had an excellent opportunity to score just two minutes into the game when Chaney fell to the ground trying to stop Jill Jones.
With Chaney on the turf, Jones sent a shot toward the goal but the ball just missed by a couple of feet and Arundel never came that close to scoring again.
The early miss gave Severna Park (10-0-1) a chance to strike first for what turned out to be the only goal.
At 18:59 of the first half, Courtney Lemon was on the left side of the box and got off a shot from 10 yards out and the ball caromed off a couple of Arundel defenders and went into the goal for a 1-0 lead.
Lemon had received a pass from Lindsey Poland to set up the goal.
"I just executed on the play after Lindsey gave me a good pass," said Lemon, who is a junior transfer from Glen Burnie.
It was her third goal of the season.
Severna Park went on to fire off 20 shots last night, with Lemon coming close to a second goal at 18:01 of the second half when she sent a shot that bounced off the left goal post and just missed bouncing into the net.
Arundel (8-1-2), which had 11 shots last night, had one final opportunity to tie the game with 1:36 left when Kristen Smeby flipped a shot that sailed over the goal post.
Smeby, Arundel's primary scoring threat all season, was held in check most of the night by fullback Jill Harrison who celebrated her 16th birthday with the win.
It was also Poland's 17th birthday last night and the happy Severna Park players sang to the two girls after the game.
Marcia Lavin was credited with 15 saves for Arundel and Heather Frick and Karen Diacont were outstanding on defense for the losers.
"It might have changed the complexion of the game if we had scored early," said Arundel coach Paul Yannuzzi.
"Our girls were really fired up at the start. We might have been too high. I know Harrison played tough on Smeby but I believe she had a lot of help. It seemed like they ganged up on Kristen. I'm still O-for against Severna Park in coaching. I'm O-for-3 in soccer against them and O-for-4 in softball."
Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik said: "This was a really important game for us and our kids had been looking forward to it for days.
"I think we went out and played about as well as we could. Both teams had a lot of opportunities but our chances were better."