No. 7 Sev­erna Park blanks No. 6 Meade, 2-0

Far­rell’s nine saves, deft de­fense bol­ster Fal­cons

Baltimore Sun - - VARSITY - By Glenn Graham glenn.graham@balt­ twit­­nGra­hamSun

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.

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