The 2-0 win was puncuated by the Falcons’ rare success in turning back two penalty kicks by South River. The quick start (sophomore Daniel Kwon scored the insurance goal), and the second straight shutout played perfectly into the identity that Severna Park Coach Ryan Parisi has envisioned for his squad this fall.
“Defending as always, focusing on strong, sound, discipline defending,” Parisi said, “and then just keeping the ball.”
It is the second conseuctive year that Severna Park (8-0-2) has reached the middle of October without a loss (last year the team won 13 straight before its first loss) but the last five matches have been particularly impressive. That stretch began with a 2-1 overtime win over perennial power Meade, followed by wins over North County and Broadneck, the latter of which is currently 6-1 in Ann Arundel County play.
The Falcons won 18 games under Parisi last season, running all the way to the Maryland 4A title game before losing to Wootton. Parisi said the balance of the county this season, which is full of “hard working” clubs, prepares Severna Park to return to the 4A playoffs. Tuesday represented the next step, although playing for defense and possession isn’t likely to come so easily the rest of the way.
“It’s a long season, in the sense that you have difficult games throughout the year, and different bumps and hurdles that you have to get over,” Parisi said. “I think we’re starting to play some good soccer at the right point in the year.”
Jeff Kammerer scored three goals and Amir Najib added another as Marriotts Ridge routed Atholton 6-1 Tuesday. . . . Reservoir won its fifth straight behind two goals by Michael Peprah, beating Oakland Mills 3-1. . . .St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes received a goal and two assists from Graham Guidry in a 5-3 win over Bullis. On Friday, the Saints face Georgetown Prep, which took down then-No. 3 St. Albans, 3-1 on Tuesday. . . . DeMatha overcame a 1-0 halftime deficit to win 3-1 over St. Mary’s Ryken on Tuesday. It was the fifth straight win for the Stags, led by two goals from Arion Sobers-Assue, who just returned to the lineup last week after sitting out several games due to an ankle injury. “I knew that once I came back, it was hard to come back quickly,” Sobers-Assue said. “I knew I could make a big impact once I came back. I’m playing well now, which is good.”
1. Marriotts Ridge (10-1) LW: 1
2. Reservoir (10-1-1) LW: 2
3. Severna Park (8-0-2) LW: 4
4. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (11-1-2) LW: 6
5. Sidwell Friends (8-2-1) LW: 7
6. Georgetown Prep (7-1-1) LW: NR
7. River Hill (10-1) LW: 9
8. DeMatha (7-4) LW: 8
9. Blair (7-1) LW: 10
10. Landon (8-3) LW: NR
Dropped Out: No. 3 St. Albans(8-3), No. 5 Gonzaga (6-5-1)
Bubble: Clarksburg (6-1-1), St. Albans, Gonzaga
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