No. 3 Glenelg sent a tremor though the Baltimore area field hockey scene Monday night when the Gladiators handed No. 1 ranked Severna Park its first loss of the season, 2-1, in the District V championship game.
The District V game pits the Howard County champion against its Anne Arundel County counterpart.
The basic game statistics showed that Severna Park (13-1-1) held a 15-4 advantage in offensive penalty corners over Glenelg (14-1), but Glenelg's defense made it difficult for the Falcons to capitalize on their chances.
"We definitely had more opportunities than them," said Kendyl Gardner, who inserts the Falcons' corners. "We hit to the top of the circle and Glenelg forced us to pass to the left side (on our corners) and down to the post, which is very difficult."
Alyssa Parker scored one goal in each half for Glenelg. Each came after an exceptional individual effort, that had the junior dodging through several Severna Park defenders before getting off her shot.
The first goal, was a backhanded shot, with 7:33 remaining in the first half. Parker's second goal came at the 15:05 mark of the second half.
Normally, Parker sets up her teammates, but with Glenelg playing without Kayleigh Hinkle, the Gladiators' second-leading scorer who was sick, coach Ginger Kincaid urged Parker to be more selfish.
"We haven't had many goals scored on us. We've had eight or nine shutouts, my defense is that good," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton, whose team is seeking its seventh consecutive state title.
"They dominated us in the second half, but you still have to finish and put the ball in the goal," Kincaid said.
Madeline Ross scored Severna Park's lone goal.
Both teams looked at the game as good preparation for the regional tournament. Glenelg gave up the opportunity to play the game in Howard County on Bermuda grass so that it could get a chance to play on artificial turf, which the state semifinals and finals are played on.
Severna Park is the No. 1 seed in Class 4A East; Glenelg lost a coin toss and is No. 2 in Class 2A South. Each team has a first-round bye.
Goals: G — Parker 2; SP — Ross
Saves: G — Bishop 12; SP — King 2; Coletti 3
Half: Glenelg, 1-0