Severna Park is going back to Goucher College next week to shoot for an unprecedented fourth consecutive state 4A
championship, thanks to a hard-earned 4-2 victory over an inspired Calvert team last night at Severna Park.
The No. 1 Falcons, who have won 52 games in a row, outlasted the young Cavaliers in the 4A South regional championship game.
It was a matchup featuring Severna Park's outstanding stickwork, skills, passing ability and teamwork against Calvert's speed, quickness, hustle and intensity.
Calvert (12-3) played well enough to win most games but it was facing a well-conditioned, well-drilled offensive Severna Park (16-0).
. The Falcons will meet the winner of today's Chesapeake-Dulaney 4A East title game on Wednesday in the semifinals at 3 p.m. at Goucher.
Severna Park probably played its best game of the season and was clearly a better team last night than the one that had to struggle to get past Arundel in overtime in the first round, 1-0, and to defeat Annapolis, 2-1, in the 4A South semis.
"The girls had seen the plaque [for the region championship] and they wanted to win it very badly," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton.
"Everything clicked for us tonight. I think we played super. We were very controlled and methodical. Our drives were good, our flicks were outstanding, our short passes were super, our defense was strong thanks to Sue Behringer [assistant coach] and we executed our plays just like we work on them in practice."
Shelton was especially impressed with Kristen Crawford's goal that gave Severna Park a 4-1 lead with 16:21 left in the game.
"We spend hours on our arc-work in practice and KC [Crawford] was right where she was supposed to be when she scored," said Shelton. "We assign each girl a certain area on the arc, so they can be there to pick up any trash goals. KC one-touched it right in the goal."
The Crawford score came off a cross from Amy Noble who had scored the first goal for the Falcons.
Noble, a 5 feet 11 junior, ran her Anne Arundel County-leading totals to 18 goals and eight assists.
Noble scored on a nifty move to the goal after taking a pass from Kristen Hancock at 9:50 of the first half for a 1-0 lead.
Forty-four seconds later Ani Mason drilled a shot into the net off a feed from Sarah Horn to make it 2-0.
Calvert coach Kim Roof had seen more than enough and called timeout immediately after the Mason goal.
The strategy worked.
The Cavaliers came out of the timeout and virtually played the Falcons even, tying the game 2-2 in the second half before Horn put the Falcons back in front, 3-2.