The third time was the charm for sweeper Chris Myers and the Severna Park seniors as they upset No. 2 Broadneck, 3-2, last night to win the Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship at Chesapeake High.
No. 4 Severna Park (12-3) took a 3-0 lead in the first half. Broadneck (13-1-1), the unbeaten regular-season champion, scored near the end of the half to make it 3-1 and added a goal in the second half.
It was the first county championship for the Falcons (12-3) since 1998, when they nipped Chesapeake, 2-1, and their third overall. The Falcons were runners-up in 2004 and 2006.
Myers typified how badly the Falcons' seniors wanted to win by playing through a groin injury he aggravated in practice this week. The Falcons avenged a 1-0 regular-season loss to the Bruins.
"I hurt my groin again Monday in practice and I got therapy and wrapped up today and came out played," Myers said.
"This was my third county championship showing - we lost as a freshman and lost as a junior and really wanted to play tonight. We played pretty good considering the conditions of the field."
The game was played in a steady rain that turned to heavy rain in the second half, leaving the field slippery in the waning moments.
No. 5 Fallston 1, Aberdeen 0 -- Eric Croucher scored with 16 minutes left in the second half to lift the Cougars (10-3-1) to their second straight Upper Chesapeake Bay Athletic Conference title and third in four years. The goal came off a short corner kick, with Dominic Welsh carrying the ball along the end line before putting it in front. The ball found its way to Croucher, who scored in traffic from 6 yards. The Eagles (9-3-1) earned a corner kick in the closing seconds, but Tyler Donahoo's service in the middle was headed away by Fallston defender Derek Hyde.
No. 4 Severna Park 2, No. 12 Arundel 1 -- Samantha Novy's goal in the 69th minute proved to be the game-winner at Chesapeake High as the Falcons won the Anne Arundel County championship for the third consecutive year and ninth overall. Lindsay Powell scored off an assist from Erin Saia to give Severna Park (13-2) a 1-0 lead at the half. After Novy's goal gave the Falcons a cushion at 2-0, Sydnie Major scored for the Wildcats (10-3) with two minutes left. Gary Lam, who has coached the Falcons to five county titles, said: "The weather played somewhat of a factor in that the field was not muddy, but the field was very slick. It was a little tougher possession-wise, but we were prepared for that."
No. 6 Fallston 5, Harford Tech 0 -- The Cougars (13-0-1) captured their first UCBAC championship in dominating fashion with four goals in the final 17 minutes of the first half to take control in steady rain at Edgewood High. Forward Monica Fischer was the offensive catalyst, scoring the first two goals and assisting on the third goal by senior Lauren Ward. Fischer, a junior, now has 20 goals and eight assists for the season. "Monica is a phenomenal athlete, and a lot of teams know that and key in on her, but she still gets the job done. And when she's not scoring, she's laying the ball off to someone else and they are getting the job done. It's just fun to watch her play," Fallston coach Alyson Cammann said. Harford Tech (8-2-1) got a strong performance from senior goalkeeper Brittany Cassell (13 saves).
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