Sam Price and the Severna Park field hockey team took care of the one blemish on last season's record.
Price was one of three Falcons to score as top-ranked Severna Park notched a 3-0 home win over No. 9 South River yesterday afternoon.
"We really wanted to win this game because this is one of the hardest teams we play all season," Price said of the Seahawks, who handed the Falcons their only loss on the way to the 3A state title. "We wanted to come out strong and win this game because we really want to go undefeated this year. Without winning this game that can't happen."
The Falcons (10-0) survived an early scare when the Seahawks (7-2) hit the right post, but it didn't take long for the Severna Park offense to reverse field position and score on two first-half penalty corners.
Keri Fisher sent a direct shot into the back of the cage to make it 1-0 with just over 16 minutes to play in the first half, and Price scored less than two minutes later by controlling the ball in front of the South River goalie and putting a shot past her.
"We practice corners a lot; it's the main priority," Price said. "We get a lot of corners, so we're really trying to improve that this year."
While the offense has outscored opponents 75-2 this season, it was Severna Park's defense that was challenged in the second half. The Seahawks won 11 second-half penalty corners but couldn't score. . . .
Madeline Giblin scored in the first half to lead host Einstein past No. 8 Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 1-0, in field hockey. Annie Lauer stopped seven shots, and Einstein fended off 22 Barons penalty corners.
Berman Boosts Wootton
Lauren Berman scored the winning goal midway through the second half to lead sixth-ranked Wootton past visiting Churchill, 1-0, in girls' soccer. . . .
Spalding's Karen Blocker recorded her second straight shutout and sixth of the season as the No. 3 Cavaliers played host Notre Dame to a 0-0 tie in girls' soccer. Blocker finished with seven saves. Notre Dame goalkeeper Stephanie Petrides stopped 10 shots.
Special correspondent Andrew Levine contributed to this report.