For a soccer program like those at Severna Park, five years without a county championship feels like a long time.
The wait ended Saturday as the Falcons saw off South River 3-0 to win their first girls soccer county championship since 2018.
Goals from Ava Scott, Emma Lawrence and Kasey Thompson in a 21-minute stretch gave Severna Park more than enough lead to work with as a consistently staunch defensive rearguard preserved the team’s 10th clean sheet in 12 games played.
“Our back line just really works well together, and we know what each other is going to do,” said senior defender Ryn Feemster. “We stay compact, we move up together. The chemistry on our team is just phenomenal.”
With the stingy defense in support, the Falcons worked methodically to pick South River open, finally breaking the deadlock with Scott’s goal just past the midway point of the first half. After pinballing around just inside the penalty area, the ball fell to Scott and she rolled it into the far corner of the goal, just past the diving Seahawks goalkeeper.
“That helped alleviate some of the pressure, which helps us play our game and not stress out about being in a tied game,” said Scott, a sophomore midfielder. “We have a lot of seniors at their last (county championship), so it was important to us to win it for them.”
Severna Park’s experienced defensive back line did the rest, denying South River any genuine scoring opportunities while the Falcon attack kept testing for weaknesses in the Seahawks defense. They struck two minutes within either side of halftime for the final margin.
After Thompson’s goal put Severna Park up 3-0, the game settled into more of a scrimmage feel, with both teams emptying their benches and getting the full squad plenty of playing time.
The three goals put Severna Park’s tally at 48 through 12 games, all wins. The Falcons have conceded just twice.
“They do a great job. We work hard on finding each other around the box, and nobody’s greedy,” said Severna Park coach Rick Stimpson. “It’s the team atmosphere we’ve built where they work hard for each other and when they get a chance, they’re sharp in front of goal.”
Next up is the postseason, where Severna Park has a first-round bye in the region tournament. They’ll host a region semifinal game on Saturday against either Arundel, South River, or Stephen Decatur.
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