Severna Park junior Kristen Burke had good reason to be thrilled about the top-ranked Falcons' performance today.
She also had good reason to be disappointed.
Burke's game-winning goal with less than three minutes remaining gave Severna Park a 2-1 win over second-ranked Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the second game of a doubleheader at Roland Park Country Day School.
But in the morning game, Severna Park was upset by Roland Park, 3-2, after taking a two-goal. B-CC defeated fourth-ranked St. Stephen's/St. Agnes, 2-0, in its morning game, and St. Stephen's/St. Agnes defeated Roland Park, 2-1, in the late game.
The games were part of the Sally Nyborg Memorial tournament, named after a former Roland Park player who died from complications of lupus in May of 1998.
Today was the first time Severna Park and B-CC had met since 1990, when B-CC beat the Falcons in the Maryland 4A championship. Two years later, B-CC moved down to 2A status. Since then, Severna Park has won five of the last six 4A titles, and B-CC has won six 2A titles.
Severna Park has now lost to Roland Park three times since 1997.
"It was a nerve-racking week," said Burke, who leads the Falcons (5-1) with eight goals. "A lot of pressure. I think we answered it. I think we stepped up in the second game."
B-CC (3-1) outshot Severna Park, 14-7, but the game was tied with 2 minutes 39 seconds remaining when Burke took a feed from senior forward Erin Shaklee and beat B-CC senior goalie Lauren Hill.