Following a tough 3-2 home loss to MIAA B Conference opponent Friends School of Baltimore last week, the Severn boys' soccer team showed some resilience. The Admirals bounced back to beat Saints Peter and Paul School from Easton, 5-2, on Friday.
Junior forward Mauricio Simms led the way in the win, scoring two goals, one assisted by his brother, freshman Michael Simms.
"This was a big confidence builder," said Severn Coach Dave Coutts. "We were a little down after losing two one-goal games that could have gone either way."
It was not the first time this season the Admirals have shown heart. It was seen in the loss to Friends, when they came back from 1-0 and 2-1 deficits to tie the game. It is also seen each time they take the field in a season that began just after the death of a team member.
David Snyder, 16, a sophomore, was killed in a car accident Aug. 20 along with a friend, Spalding junior Kevin Durm. The Admirals are commemorating their teammate by beginning each game this season with just 10 players on the field.
"He was the type of player who was good at distributing the ball," Coutts said of Snyder. "He was a point guard in basketball, so he was used to seeing the open man and hitting him with passes. His vision on the field and passing ability was something we needed at midfield -- something he would have offered."
Sticking with the team through his loss is David Snyder's father, Larry, a Severn assistant coach who also has a son on the junior varsity squad. "It's an emotional thing for him," Coutts said. "He decided he wanted to stick with the varsity team, and we appreciate his time and commitment. He's doing a great job."
South River Hangs Tough
The South River boys' soccer team faced what appeared to be a daunting challenge: Go on the road against No. 4 Severna Park last week. And the opening minutes of the first half seemed to confirm the expectations.
The taller, faster and more experienced Severna Park team controlled much of the first half and in fewer than 10 minutes had its first goal, a header by All-County midfielder Taylor Young.
As Young tore back to midfield with the home crowd cheering, it seemed the game would end in a rout, but instead his goal proved to be the difference in a 1-0 contest that Severna Park Coach Bob Thomas felt his team was lucky to win.
"We were just extremely lethargic," Thomas said. "They kept pressing, and we were very fortunate to get the victory. Very fortunate."
Both teams missed great opportunities in the second half, and the longer South River hung in the game, the more chances came its way.
One of the best openings came with about 20 minutes left. The Seahawks pushed forward, and junior midfielder David Keffer got the ball in a one-on-one with the goalkeeper, but missed wide right. With 13 minutes 5 seconds left in the match, South River again had a good opening on a free kick but couldn't gather the ball in front of the net for a score.
Although his team lost, first-year South River coach Lew Schrumm found consolation in the effort.
"What it says -- not so much to me, because I believed all along, but to the kids -- is that they can play with anybody," he said.
A win would have been special for Schrumm: He coached Thomas on a youth club team in the 1980s.
"It's heart-wrenching" to coach against Schrumm, Thomas said. "He's such a good guy."
"It's all right," said Schrumm of the loss. "Bobby's a good guy. Sure, I would have liked to win, no question, but we gave a good effort."
Severna Park Coach Ed Purpura said his girls' cross-country team accomplished all of its goals at the Bull Run Invitational at Hereford High in Parkton, Md., on Saturday.
"I wanted us to succeed as a team by getting a victory and have all our girls run well so they all left with confidence," he said. "It was a great day for us because we got everything we wanted."
Severna Park sophomore Liya Kasimova placed second on the 3.1-mile course in 21 minutes 3 seconds, and senior Jennine Strange took sixth out of 115 runners in 21:33. Freshman Hannah Carr (14th, 22:16), freshman Kathleen Barranco (15th, 22:20) and sophomore Shelley Wilke (16th, 22:22) helped the Falcons finish atop the 16-team field in the Large School competition with 49 points.
River Hill came in second with 78 points, followed by Quince Orchard (104), Perry Hall (125) and Richard Montgomery (171). South River's Mary Fromme placed 21st in 22:57 to lead her team to a seventh-place showing with 197 points, and Arundel -- led by senior Marissa McPhail, who won the race in 20:21 -- placed eighth with 215.
"It was nice to get a victory, but this doesn't make our season, because everything we do is working toward the state championships on Nov. 12," Purpura said. "I think we used the Bull Run to improve as a team, and that was a big step for us."
On the boys' side, Broadneck junior All-Met Matthew Centrowitz placed third in the elite division in 16:48 to lead the Bruins to a second-place finish in the team competition with 112 points. Broadneck senior Matt Llano took ninth in 17:32, with sophomore Jeremy Buyer placing 26th (18:23), junior Kolten Koelzer 38th (18:41) and junior Jerry Hazelton 40th (18:45).
Loyola (Baltimore), which also defeated Broadneck last week at a meet at Dulaney High School, placed three runners in the top 16 and won the event with 96 points. Westminster took third with 133 points, followed by Chantilly (141) and Quince Orchard (153).
"I ran as fast as I could and I was happy with my time," said Centrowitz, the defending 4A state champion. "But as a team, we were disappointed because we really wanted to beat Loyola after they beat us last week."
Staff writer Jon Gallo contributed to this report.