No. 7 Severna Park blanks No. 6 Meade, 2-0
Farrell’s nine saves, deft defense bolster Falcons
In protecting a one-goal advantage against Anne Arundel County rival Meade in Friday’s Class 4A East Section I championship game, the Severna Park boys soccer team cleared away two corner kicks, defended responsibly on other free kicks sent in, blocked a shot in front and watched the Mustangs send other shots high or wide.
And that was only in the final 15 minutes of play.
The highly composed defensive effort, which took place for much of the game, was rewarded when senior Scott Huntley added an insurance goal with under two minutes to play to give the No. 7 Falcons a 2-0 win over No. 6 Meade to advance to the region title game.
Junior midfielder Andrew Belloff converted a penalty kick midway through the first half after a Meade hand ball in the penalty area. The unified effort in back made sure it would be the game-winner, with junior goalkeeper Sam Farrell making nine saves.
Severna Park (14-2-1) will travel to Leonardtown, which defeated Broadneck in penalty kicks Thursday in the region’s Section II final, Monday at 6 p.m. for the right to play in the state tournament. Meade ends its season with a13-2-2 mark.
When asked who particularly stood out on defense, Severna Park coach Ryan Parisi said his group was collectively stellar.
It was the third time the teams met this season and all the final scores were 2-0. The Falcons claimed the regular-season game Oct. 4, and the Mustangs responded with a win in the Anne Arundel County championship game Oct. 25.
The Mustangs looked to pick up where they let off Friday, owning most of the possession time in the early going before Belloff neatly placed his penalty kick low to the left side.
While the Mustangs might have hadmore time with the ball and earned a number of free kicks, the Falcons defense was up to the task. The Mustangs’ best chance to tie came with 15:45 left when Daniel Velasquez sent a long ball to the far post for All-Metro standout Samuel Solomon, who headed it just wide looking for the opposite post.