The Severna Park Falcons field hockey team got off to a quick start, scoring twice in the first half and then withstanding shot after shot from Broadneck to win 2-0 on September 21. Junior Ava Drexler provided the spark for the Lady Falcons, scoring the opening goal less than halfway through the first quarter.
“Scoring the first goal gives our team confidence,” Drexler said after the game. “It really boasts our energy, and we play a lot better knowing that we have the lead, and we keep pushing through the rest of the game.”
And that boost of energy was apparent when Sydney Rowe extended the lead, scoring on a pass into the circle during a quick counterattack by the Falcons in the second quarter. Broadneck’s defense was unable to set up properly and Rowe was able to slide into the circle on the backside of the defense for a nice goal that gave the Falcons more breathing room going into halftime.
“It’s great to know that our team has the speed and skills to dodge girls on the field and know that we can just dribble the ball in and score without any corners,” said Drexler.
In the second half, the Bruins turned up the pace, using their speed to continuously push and keep the ball in the Falcons’ half of the field. Falcon’s goalkeeper Charlotte Kramer was sharp, kicking away several close shots as the Bruins attempted to claw their way back into the game. Broadneck put 11 shots on goal and attempted five corners on the night but were unable to get past Kramer.
For Severna Park head coach Shannon Garden, Broadneck’s breakneck pace was an issue and something that the Falcons will have to contend with again. “They’re very fast, and I said in the preseason that Broadneck was going to be our biggest competition,” said Garden. “The bad news is we have to play them again, so you can’t really celebrate any kind of victory when you know that they are a very good team and on any given day, who knows what the outcome is.”
And while the Falcons were able to score twice, they were unable to score playing out of set pieces. “Sometimes, no matter how much you practice going into a game, the ball will just not bounce your way on a corner,” Garden stated, referring to the four corner attempts the Falcons were unable to capitalize on.
Garden felt that her defense was the key to the win, being able to hold Broadneck scoreless despite so many shots on goal. “I think our defense played beautifully,” Garden said. “Our defenders and goalie were outstanding. They were taking away Broadneck’s opportunities, played very smoothly and confidently and they were very smart.”
With the win, Severna Park moved to 4-0 on the season. Earlier in the day, the Falcons’ junior varsity team tallied their own shutout, beating Broadneck’s JV squad 1-0.
The varsity team followed the win against Broadneck by beating South River 2-1 on September 28.