Severna Park field hockey hangs on, edges Marriotts Ridge

Bob Hough

Severna Park dominated the stat sheet and had plenty of scoring chances in Tuesday’s field hockey opener with Marriotts Ridge.

Yet like so many field hockey games between quality teams, the outcome was in question all the way to the final whistle.

Delaney Ott and Alex Miller scored six minutes apart in the first half and the Falcons held off a late push by the Mustangs and held on for a 2-1 victory on Tuesday at Kinder Farm Park. Severna Park outshot Marriotts Ridge 21-5 and had double the amount of penalty corners, but was still forced to defend all the way to the end to secure the win.

“It was good to get this first one out of the way,” Severna Park coach Ann Andrews said. “Marriotts Ridge did a great job coming back in the second half because they changed their game. We had to respond to that.”

Severna Park, which generated 13 penalty corners, attempted the game’s first five and got on the board on their fourth when Ott deflected the ball out of the air and in at the 16:42 mark of the first half. They added to their lead six minutes later when Miller scored off a scramble.

Marriotts Ridge (1-1) had the better of the play over the final 10 minutes of the first half, but Ashley Giard and Lila Slattery each made nice defensive plays and the Falcons defended a pair of penalty corners in the final two minutes to go into halftime up by two.

“I think in the beginning of the season when you’re getting scored on two goals it definitely has an opportunity to work with your head a little bit,” Marriotts Ridge coach Stacie Gado said. “I’m very proud of the girls for how they were able to come back, get a goal and played hard the rest of the game with a few scoring opportunities.”

The Mustangs continued their pressure to open the second half and cut into the lead when Erin Ko got free on the left side and scored to cut it to 2-1 with 24:36 still remaining. They had two more penalty corners over the next three minutes, including one where Miller was forced to clear the ball to deny a scoring chance.

Though they didn’t score, the Falcons were able to generate most of the chances over the game’s final 18 minutes. They just missed cashing in on a good opportunity off a penalty corner at the 18-minute mark, then Megan Brannen created a solid chance two minutes later. Brannen had another chance a minute later off a corner, but her shot went just wide.

The Falcons’ best chance of the half came 30 seconds later off another corner when Emily Talentino made a defensive save following a lift from Miller.

Though it was the first game of the year and the team is still figuring some things out, Andrews was pleased with the Falcons’ execution on the corners.

“The corners looked good,” Andrews said. “We’re still trying to find the right combinations out there, so it’s still a work in progress.”;

Katie Garman finished with 10 saves for Marriotts Ridge and Celia Krohn and Madison Nutter each stopped two shots for the Falcons.

Severna Park 2, Marriotts Ridge 1

Goals: MR — Ko; SP — Ott, Miller.

Assists: SP — Blumenbert.

Saves: MR — Garman 10; SP — Krohn 2, Nutter 2.

Half: Severna Park, 2-0

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