The Severna Park defense was airtight and its offense was able to trudge through the mud to provide a comfortable 6-0 win over county rival Broadneck in a Class 3A-4A East quarterfinal-round game yesterday.
Sophomore goalie Kim Lawton finished with seven saves to record the shutout and got plenty of tight marking from her defenders. Ericka Hergenroeder scored three goals to lead the attack as the Falcons improved to 11-2.
The host Bruins, under first-year coach Karen Chesley, closed out the season with an 11-3 mark.
Hergenroeder got the Falcons all the offense they would need in the opening minute of the game. Left unmarked in front, she took a pass from junior Jess Gaither to score 42 seconds in.
Gaither added a goal five minutes later and Hergenroeder gave the Falcons a 3-0 lead going into the break.
Broadneck had its opportunities, but poor shot selection, good work from Lawton in goal and some bad luck kept them off the scoreboard.
"Our defense played a nice game," said Severna Park coach Carin Peterson. "We denied people when we needed to and when they did get shots, they weren't necessarily the shots they wanted because of our defenders. Meg Miller, Leigh Anne Emrich and Krista Bowerman all did a nice job staying right on their girls."
The wet field conditions played a role in slowing down both offenses. The game was delayed 45 minutes to work on the mud in front of both goals.
Broadneck's best chances came late in the first half and in the opening minutes of the second half with Severna Park up 3-0. Jill Toomey had a shot sail high 1: 10 before the end of the half and Lauren Peck had a shot turned back by Lawton with 15 seconds left.
Peck had another opportunity 35 seconds into the second half on a restart situation, but her shot hit the post. The next time down field, Severna Park scored with Hergenroeder going right to left to get in front to make it 4-0.
"It was a judgment call whether to play. The field was tough at both ends," said Peterson. "It was tough to stop and start. Both offenses struggled inside the eight."
Broadneck got a strong performance from senior goalie Fran Schlossman, who closed out her high school career with 12 saves.
No. 7 Annapolis 19, Chesapeake-AA 2: Kelly and Kristy Dirks combined for nine goals to power the Panthers (16-1) past the Cougars (4-9) in 3A-4A East quarterfinal action. Annapolis faces visiting Old Mill in tomorrow's semifinal at 5: 30 p.m.
Old Mill 9, Queen Anne's 8, OT: Katie Prin scored the game-winner 2: 18 into overtime to lift the Patriots (6-9) past Queen Anne's in a Class 3A-4A East quarterfinal. Old Mill's Lauren Ethridge (three goals, two assists) forced the extra period with a goal with 15 seconds left in regulation.
Southern-AA 28, Cambridge-South Dorchester 3: Kristy Manas scored five goals as the host Bulldogs (6-6) won convincingly in the quarterfinals of the 1A-2A East playoffs.
Pub Date: 5/10/98