Severn senior captain Colin McCarthy scored 10 minutes into play and the Admirals defense took care of the rest to cap their most prolific season with a 2-0 win over St. Mary’s in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association B Conference title game Sunday at Anne Arundel Community College.
After a season-opening loss to A Conference foe Spalding, Severn won 18 straight games, including all 13 conference contests. Sunday was the Admirals’ 10th shutout as they outscored their opponents by a 67-9 margin.
It’s the program’s sixth B Conference title and first since 2016 and it gives Severn a sweep of the soccer titles as the girls’ team captured the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland B Conference crown on Saturday with a 1-0 overtime win against Mount de Sales.
On Sunday, the Admirals, who defeated the Saints twice by 3-1 counts in the regular season, took care of the offense early when Ammar Yusuf found McCarthy in front for the game-winning goal. The Admirals pressed for much of the second half in protecting their advantage and got an insurance goal from junior Davis Cawfield with 8:15 left.
“We beat our archrival St. Mary’s twice already and we knew this game was going to be very competitive coming in. They were going to give us their all and we had to give our all too,” said McCarthy. “We came out and got an early goal. Ammar made a great run down the sideline, got to the end line and crossed it in — easy tap in, back post. Really good team goal and all credit to Ammar.”
After missing last season due to COVID-19 restrictions, the Admirals had a good mix of experienced players with some underclassmen seeing their first varsity action.
“We had a good group of sophomores, juniors and some seniors, so that was our mantra, to just kind of unite as a unit,” said Severn coach Mike McCarthy. “I think we knew we had some very talented soccer players in the program and I put the kids up against some of the best teams at the beginning of the year to just test them and see how they were and they fared very well. We just knew from that point on that it could be something very special.”
In earning the second seed, St. Mary’s finished with a 10-4-2 mark that included five shutouts and six straight wins to open the season.
The Saints were making their first trip to the championship game since winning their second title in 2005.
Severn 2, St. Mary’s 0
Goals: Se — McCarthy, Cawfield
Assists: Se — Yusuf
Saves: SM — Chick 3; Se — Hudson 3
Halftime: 1-0, Severn
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Sophomore Ben Miller finished with one goal and an assist and John Ikebudu also scored to lead the Panthers (16-2-3) to a 2-0 win. Gerstell finished its season with a 12-2-2 mark.