Senior twins Tami and Tina Riley have been an integral part of the success of the Severna Park girls soccer team, helping the Falcons advance to postseason play four straight years. Severna Park, the Maryland State 4A/3A state champion in 1988 and 1989, once again has advanced to the state semifinals, where it will take a 14-0 record against C. Milton Wright Saturday in Chesapeake.
Severna Park has won 38 straight games and gone 44 without a loss. Tami, the goalkeeper, has nine shutouts this season and 32 in her high school career. She never played goalie before she was chosen for the position in her freshman year.
"She is probably the best natural athlete I've ever coached," said Falcons Coach Joyce Stefancik. "She is quick and agile. She has good natural instincts."
Tami said that "at the beginning of the year we weren't working together as well as we are now. We are more united now." She also credits the "tremendous" defense.
Tina, a fullback, has scored three goals, including the game-winning header against Broadneck in the Region III championship.
"Tina is a tremendous defensive player and is responsible for the success of the defense," said Stefancik. Severna Park has yielded only 14 goals over the past three years, five this season.