Raiders lose in vol­ley­ball sec­tional play­offs

Leonard­town falls again to arch-neme­sis Sev­erna Park

The Enterprise - - Front Page - By MICHAEL REID mreid@somd­

MILLERSVILLE — Tues­day was dark and gloomy and the Leonard­town boys soc­cer team’s emo­tions matched that fol­low­ing its 4-0 loss to Sev­erna Park of Anne Arun­del County in the Class 4A East Re­gion fi­nal at Kin­der Park.

The Fal­cons (18-0-1 over­all), who led 2-0 at half­time and re­ceived three goals from Drew Belloff, will face Bowie of Prince Ge­orge’s County in the state semi­fi­nals Satur­day at Dr. Henry A. Wise High School in Prince Ge­orge’s County.

“We’re for­tu­nate be­cause ob­vi­ously a lot of hard work goes into it and you have to earn your op­por­tu­nity ev­ery year,” Sev­erna Park head coach Ryan Parisi said of the match, which was con­tested in an un­re­lent­ing driv­ing rain­storm. “Drew was great to­day, but there’s 10 guys be­hind him who al­lowed zero [goals] against a team that scored 80.”

The Raiders (15-3 over­all) have lost the last two regional fi­nals to Sev­erna Park.

“We’ve strug­gled with them and hon­estly, I thought this was the year we were go­ing to get them,” said Leonard­town head coach Dave Hol­land, who is 0-4 in regional fi­nals against the Fal­cons. “I’m very sur­prised with the re­sult. They are [a thorn in our side], but they’re just a re­ally good pro­gram if we ever want to get to states and un­for­tu­nately we weren’t able to do it.”

Leonard­town con­trolled the play in the early go­ings and had sev­eral chances, but Sev­erna Park opened the scor­ing in the 14th minute. Fal­cons goal­keeper Sam Far­rell booted a long punt and Belloff chased the ball into the box and was taken down on a chal­lenge by Leonard­town goal­keeper TJ Lan­drum. Belloff then buried the penalty kick.

“It’s a tough call on the keeper’s part be­cause he has to make a tough de­ci­sion right there whether to come out

or not, and I guess he didn’t get the ball,” Hol­land said. “The prob­lem with that is that we had all the mo­men­tum at that point and it sparked them. I no­ticed their en­ergy level re­ally picked up af­ter that point.”

“I think both teams were set up dif­fer­ently and Leonard­town had plenty of pos­ses­sion,” Parisi said, “but we got a great op­por­tu­nity off that long punt from Sam.”

Belloff scored his sec­ond of the game 15 min­utes later when he took a pass from Ryan Mul­doon and tucked a shot past Lan­drum.

“We held pos­ses­sion for the ma­jor­ity of the match, but you have to cap­i­tal­ize on your op­por­tu­ni­ties and we weren’t able to do that,” Hol­land said. “These [Sev­erna Park] guys are well coached and they do a great job of shar­ing the ball and con­tain­ing and con­trol­ling the mid­field.”

Belloff com­pleted the nat­u­ral hat trick in the 59th minute when he drib­bled around two de­fend­ers and then curled a shot into the far cor­ner.

“Drew was great to­day,” Parisi said. “He had three dif­fer­ent fin­ishes and he did a great job.”

Jack Goode added Sev­erna Park’s fi­nal goal with a few min­utes left.

“It’ll take some time to digest this,” Hol­land sad. “This is a hur­dle we’ve been try­ing to get over since I took over, and un­til we get over this hur­dle we’re not go­ing to be sat­is­fied.”

Leonard­town, which won the South­ern Mary­land Ath­letic Con­fer­ence Ch­e­sa­peake Di­vi­sion ti­tle and later the con­fer­ence cham­pi­onship, will lose 11 se­niors.

“I feel bad for our se­niors. It’s such a strong group of kids and I real- ly thought this as gong to be the year we broke through be­cause we had such strong lead­er­ship,” Hol­land said. “They were very hun­gry for it and they de­served it, but the out­come is the out­come. They took ad­van­tage of their op­por­tu­ni­ties and they de­served it tonight. That’s what sports is all about.”


Leonard­town’s Nik Koko­lios, left, tries to get past Sev­erna Park’s Ryan Nel­son dur­ing Tues­day’s Class 4A East Re­gion cham­pi­onship game, a 4-0 Raiders loss.

Above left, Leonard­town’s Joey Buck­ley, left, an Sev­erna Park’s Drew Belloff chase down a loose ball dur­ing Tues­day’s Class 4A East Re­gion cham­pi­onship game. Belloff scored three goals in the Fal­cons’ 4-0 win. Above right, Leonard­town’s Christof­fer Jensen jumps to avoid a slid­ing tackle by Sev­erna Park’s Ryan Mul­doon as he chases down a loose ball.


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