Severna Park won the Maryland 4A state title two weeks ago with a 1-0 victory over Blake, a chippy affair in which both sides rarely gave up quality scoring opportunities. It was the type of match the Falcons had grown accustomed to throughout the grind of the last month of the season. In seven games from October 16 to November 15, Severna Park won five times by one goal and twice in overtime – including in the state semifinal against Magruder, when junior Adam Schaeffer converted the game-winner in dramatic fashion.
The state title win over Blake was labeled a “strong defensive performance” by Severna Park Coach Ryan Parisi, who through fundamental teaching has taken the Falcons (17-0-2) to new heights in his two years at the helm, including The Post’s final No. 1 ranking this fall. Pariri is 35-2-2 in his two seasons, with two 4A state championship appearances. More telling than the record is how it has formed; the Falcons outscored opponents 52-12 in 2012, with 13 clean sheets in 20 matches (Severna Park finished 18-2 and lost to Wootton in title match). In 2013, Parisi’s squad was has just as dominant, outscoring opponents 47-12 and recording nine shutouts, including in four of its last five matches. Severna Park allowed two goals in a match twice.