Severna Park turned an early-game push from visiting Broadneck into a comfortable win with junior Kristen Burke providing most of the answers on offense.
Burke, a first-year starter at right wing, scored three goals and assisted on another as the No. 2-ranked Falcons improved to 2-0 with a 5-1 victory.
When Burke opened the scoring three minutes into the game, off an assist from senior Erin Shaklee (one goal, two assists), it looked like business as usual for the two-time defending state champions.
But the Bruins (1-1) found the equalizer when senior Megan Atkinson pounded on her own rebound off a penalty corner with 16: 30 left in the half.
Minutes later, Severna Park coach Lil Shelton called a timeout.
"We talked about going to the ball better. That the ball in space has to belong to us. We had to go out and deny their clears," Shelton said.
The Falcons offense responded, relying on long drives down the wings before sending the ball inside the scoring arc where they pounced on their chances.
Junior Nicki Barnes finished a scramble in front to make it 2-1 with 10 minutes left until the half. Burke, patiently waiting to the right of the Broadneck goal, tapped in a ball sent through by Kelly Bowerman off a penalty corner to make it 3-1 before the half.
Burke and Shaklee finished the scoring in the second half.
Despite the score and the high grass at Severna Park that seemed to effect her Bruins game more than the Falcons, Broadneck coach Phoebe Kelly found some positives.
"I thought our stickwork was pretty good and we had some chances that we just missed on. It was up and down the field, our girls stayed with them," she said.
Pub Date: 9/08/99