Sev­erna Park soars to 24th state ti­tle

Baltimore Sun Sunday - - VARSITY -

There will be classes the come through Sev­erna Park who will have chances to add to the legacy of a pro­gram that has won the more cham­pi­onships than any other school.

For the cur­rent group of Sev­erna Park se­niors, though, Satur­day was their last chance to add to their legacy.

As a ju­nior, Kat Es­pos­ito will have an­other shot. On Satur­day, she helped make sure the cur­rent se­niors closed their ca­reers with a ti­tle.

Es­pos­ito’s goal on a penalty stroke with a lit­tle more than 10 min­utes left in the first half stood as the win­ning goal, as the No. 4 Falcons de­feated No. 7 Du­laney, 1-0, on Satur­day in the Class 4A state fi­nal at Washington Col­lege.

Es­pos­ito wasn’t even in the game when the Falcons were awarded the stroke. Head coach Shan­non Gar­den im­me­di­ately subbed her in, and she made the most of the op­por­tu­nity.

Es­pos­ito’s goal, along with a pair of timely saves in the sec­ond half by fresh­man goalie Char­lotte Kramer, helped send the Falcons’ 10 se­niors out as cham­pi­ons. The Falcons lost just two games and fin­ished the year on a 14-game win­ning streak.

The cham­pi­onship is the first for the Falcons since 2015 and a state-record 24th. They ran their streak of wins in the state fi­nal to 10, with the last loss com­ing in 2004.

No. 12 West­min­ster 2, Ur­bana 1: The Owls (14-5) out­lasted Ur­bana in over­time for a 2-1 vic­tory at Washington Col­lege in the the Class 3A state cham­pi­onship game.

West­min­ster closed the sea­son with four wins in a row to earn their 10th state ti­tle in school his­tory, and the first since 2014. West­min­ster had to rally to get there, how­ever, and when Ur­bana (18-2) scored first early in the sec­ond half a re­group was needed.

The Hawks held con­trol for most of the first half, and sur­vived be­ing down four play­ers for a few min­utes be­cause of a rash of green and yel­low cards. They broke through 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half when ju­nior mid­fielder Mag­gie Good­win con­verted a penalty stroke.

Mar­riotts Ridge 1, Oak­dale 0: Led by fresh­man Maisy Cle­venger’s game-win­ning goal and se­nior cap­tains Emma Glad­stein, Eloise Cle­venger and Gra­cie Kennedy, the Mus­tangs de­feated Oak­dale, 1-0, for the pro­gram’s first state cham­pi­onship.

Coach Sta­cie Gado, who has coached the pro­gram for all 14 years of its ex­is­tence, said cel­e­brat­ing with her play­ers after the win was an “amaz­ing feel­ing.”

No. 3 Lib­erty 2, Washington 1: The Lions came to Washington Col­lege for Satur­day’s Class 1A fi­nal want­ing to cap their un­de­feated sea­son with an­other tro­phy. They had to first get past a pesky op­po­nent in Washington High School of Som­er­set County, that was search­ing for its first state crown in 19 years.

The Lions scored a pair of goals in nifty fash­ion, the sec­ond com­ing from sopho­more Cait­lynn Szarko with less than 14 min­utes re­main­ing that stood as the gamewin­ner in Lib­erty’s 2-1 vic­tory.

Lib­erty (18-0) held its lead de­spite a late flurry by Washington, which had a chance to tie things up in the fi­nal mo­ments. The Jaguars (10-4-1) earned a penalty cor­ner as time ex­pired, and by rule were al­lowed to fin­ish the play out.

Boys soc­cer

No. 8 C. Mil­ton Wright 1, No. 6 Here­ford 0: After a 2-3-1 start, the No. 8 Mus­tangs found their form, and it was ap­par­ent in Satur­day’s Class 3A state semi­fi­nal game against No. 6 Here­ford.

Ju­nior mid­fielder Gar­rett Tenck­hoff took a feed from Evan Galant and scored from 16 yards with 18 min­utes to play for a 1-0 win over the Bulls to make a re­turn trip to the state ti­tle game.

The Mus­tangs (15-3-1) will meet No. 9 Wilde Lake — a 2-1 win­ner over No. 11 Mount He­bron in the other semi­fi­nal game — for the state cham­pi­onship next week at Loy­ola Mary­land’s Ri­d­ley Ath­letic Cen­ter. A date and time has yet to be sched­uled with all the boys and girls cham­pi­onship games set for Thurs­day through Satur­day.

No. 9 Wilde Lake 2, No. 11 Mount He­bron 1: Wilde­cats ju­nior for­ward Ous­man Touray rose above a crowd to head home the game-ty­ing goal with 13:56 re­main­ing in reg­u­la­tion and then con­verted the gamewin­ner 10 min­utes later on a fast break to lift Wilde Lake to a 2-1 vic­tory and the pro­gram’s first berth in the state cham­pi­onship game since 1997.

Wilde Lake (14-3-1) ad­vances to face the win­ner of Here­ford and C.M. Wright in the state fi­nals next week at Loy­ola Univer­sity’s Ri­d­ley Ath­letic Com­plex.

For Wilde­cats’ head coach Trevor Shea, who took over the var­sity pro­gram at Wilde Lake in 2016 after sev­eral years coach­ing along­side his fa­ther Don at Oak­land Mills, the run to the cham­pi­onship con­test has been a dream come true.

Cen­tury 1, Oak­dale 1 (Cen­tury wins on PKs): Cen­tury mid­fielder Colin Wil­liams said he in­sisted all week his team would win Satur­day’s Class 2A state semi­fi­nal with a penalty kick. Wil­liams de­liv­ered on his prom­ise as he knocked in the eighth penalty shot to beat Oak­dale and send Cen­tury to the ti­tle game.

Knights goal­keeper Ethan Rick­etts made Wil­liams’ hero­ics pos­si­ble with a div­ing save on the fi­nal penalty kick by Oak­dale se­nior Em­manuel Douge.

The state ti­tle game berth is Cen­tury’s first since 2003, when the Knights cap­tured their lone cham­pi­onship.

The Knights ad­vance to the state fi­nal next week at Loy­ola Mary­land to face either La Plata or Park­side.

Leonard­town 1, No. 7 Arundel 0: Arundel’s 1-0 loss to Leonard­town in the Class 4A state semi­fi­nals Satur­day in Gaithers­burg can be summed up in two words: missed op­por­tu­ni­ties.

After fall­ing be­hind 1-0 in the first half on a set-piece header by Gar­rett Bridg­wa­ter roughly nine min­utes into the match, Arundel used some heady half­time ad­just­ments to dic­tate play and cre­ate a hand­ful of qual­ity op­por­tu­ni­ties in the fi­nal 40 min­utes of ac­tion.

Un­for­tu­nately for the Wild­cats (14-3-1), those at­tempts either sailed just wide or over the goal or were stopped adeptly by Raiders goal­keeper JR Gawel.

Girls soc­cer

No. 5 Sev­erna Park 1, Churchill 1 (SP wins 5-4 on PKs): Sev­erna Park goal­keeper Katie Byrd made a div­ing stop of Natalie Leven­thal’s line-drive at­tempt to left to send the Falcons to the 4A state cham­pi­onship through a 1-1 (5-4 penalty kicks) vic­tory over the Bull­dogs at Gaithers­burg High.

Sev­erna Park (15-2-2), which will play the win­ner of Perry Hall and Mont­gomery Blair for the 4A state cham­pi­onship, took a 1-0 lead into half­time thanks to a Sofia Espinoza goal nine min­utes into the match.

Loch Raven 2, Mc­Donough 1: Ha­ley Gor­don and Ni­cole DeCarlo each scored to lead the Raiders (6-8) past the Rams (6-8) in a Class 1A East state semi­fi­nal at North­east. Loch Raven will face Pat­ter­son Mill, a 1-0 win­ner over Smiths­burg, in the cham­pi­onship at Loy­ola Mary­land Univer­sity.

No. 9 Wilde Lake 1, No. 10 Ch­e­sa­peake-AA 1 (WL wins 4-3 on penalty kicks): Han­nah Lowry came up with a big save dur­ing the penalty kicks to pre­serve the win for the Wilde­cats (13-4-1) in a Class 3A state semi­fi­nal at Linganore. The Cougars fin­ished 13-4-2.

Foot­ball

Tow­son 14, City 6: Da­mone Moore passed the 1,000-yard mark and the Gen­er­als (6-4) beat the Knights (5-5) in a Class 3A North re­gional first round game. The vic­tory marked the first play­off win in school his­tory. Moore had 26 car­ries for 130 yards.

Girls vol­ley­ball

No. 5 Bel Air 3, No. 13 Poly 0: The Bob­cats (16-1) beat the vis­it­ing En­gi­neers (15-2) Fri­day in a Class 3A state quar­ter­fi­nal. Scores were 25-18, 25-23, 25-7. The win sends Bel Air back to the Class 3A state semi­fi­nals for a sec­ond straight year.

Bel Air will face will face an un­de­feated Ma­gruder (17-0) in a Thurs­day semi­fi­nal at the Univer­sity of Mary­land’s Ritchie Coli­seum in Col­lege Park.

DOUG KAPUSTIN/FOR CAP­I­TAL GAZETTE

Sev­erna Park play­ers hold the cham­pi­onship tro­phy after a 1-0 win over Du­laney in the 4A Mary­land state field hockey cham­pi­onship game Satur­day in Ch­ester­town.

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