The Severna Park Falcons’ level of confidence this season can be best summed up by what Alyssa Chung did early in the second half of her team’s game versus the Broadneck Bruins on April 29. Running across the field in front of the goalie, Chung caught a pass that was slightly behind her and calmly shot the ball behind her back for a remarkable goal that gave the Falcons an 8-4 lead at the time. The Falcons would go on to win 12-8.
That was Chung’s second time scoring on a behind-the-back goal in a game, so it’s not something she usually tries to do.
“I wasn’t really thinking, ‘I’m going to shoot it behind the back and score’ because I don’t really like being flashy like that,” Chung said. “I had my hands going behind me, so I realized that if I shot it from behind the back, I’d have the most angle and the [best] percentile shot because the goalie wasn’t expecting it.”
Besides Chung’s impressive goal, the Falcons were carried offensively by Karli Kirchenheiter’s hat trick. The Bruins were led by senior Lilly Kelley’s two goals.
The Lady Bruins were able to close their deficit to 8-7 early in the second half after scoring three goals in three minutes, but after taking a timeout, the Falcons responded with a goal of their own to slow the Bruins momentum. The Bruins went the final 14 minutes without scoring while the Falcons tacked on three more goals in that time to end the Bruins’ chances.
“We knew this was going to be a battle from the start,” said Falcons head coach Kaitlyn Hines. “I’m so proud of everything that they accomplished out here. We stepped on the field knowing that we were going to take care of what we needed to take care of to get the game done. We weren’t going to worry about our opponent and what they did or didn’t do, and I think that the players were able to really execute our game plan.”
Despite the loss, Bruins head coach Katie Kelley said that it’s just another game and that her players will be ready for what comes next.
“I think you come off the field humble,” she said. “You come off with respect for the other team and you come off owning what you can do. My message to them is, ‘Go home, analyze, think, grow.’”
Both the Falcons and Bruins were 10-2 heading into the final week of the regular season.