No. 3 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel upends Severna Park; Logan Beal’s goal is difference (VIDEO HERE!!)
by Donald Daniels
Chesapeake-Anne Arundel High field hockey has leaned heavily on its defense this season. In the biggest game of the season Tuesday, the Cougars’ bread and butter produce a sweet victory.
No. 3 Chesapeake-AA held off top-ranked Severna Park in an Anne Arundel County contest in Pasadena. The win avenges an earlier loss to the Falcons and keeps Chesapeake (10-2 overall, 5-1 Anne Arundel) in contention for the county final in a couple of weeks.
“This win was on the girls agenda today, they didn’t want to leave this field without a win today,” Chesapeake coach Joan Johnson said.
“We really needed this win today and it always feels good to beat Severna Park in anything,” senior Logan Beal said.
Severna Park (11-1, 6-1 Anne Arundel) had 13 shots on goal to Chesapeake’s three and had 12 corners to the Cougars 7. But on Senior Night, Chesapeake was able to find a way.
The lone tally came at the 22 minute mark in the second half on a corner attempt when Eryn Beal delivered a pinpoint pass to Logan Beal. who pushed the ball out to Rachel Fleig on the right side of the cage.
With the defense quickly swarming towards her, Fleig dished the ball back to Logan Beal who slapped in a lightly contested shot from five yards outs for the score to give the defending Class 3A state champions the lead. The Cougars’ backline stifled the Falcons the rest of the way.
“We work on finishing in the circle everyday at practice,” Johnson said. “We work on getting the second touch up a little bit and the girls just did an amazing job finishing off the play.”
“I saw that the defense was closing in so I just had to one touch to Logan,” Fleig said in regards to the assist to Logan Beal. “The communication on our corners has been key us and it paid off tonight.”
The Falcons best chance to tie the game came at the two-minute mark when Alex Miller intercepted the ball and had a break away chance with senior Alexis Wade goal keeper serving the last line of defense. Wade dove and stopped the initial shot but the ball deflected a few feet in front of the cage. A trailing Lily Slattery tried to knock in the ball off the rebound, but Cougar senior Riley Sullivan came in slapped the ball of the front of the goal for the save.
“I was so far up the field that I had sprint faster than I ever have before to help my goalie out,” Sullivan said.
The Cougars pushed the ball deep into Falcon territory until the final horn sounded.
“There is no shame in losing to a good team. Chesapeake is a very well coached team, they hustle to everything, from the start of the game they put it all out there for 60 minutes and they deserved to win the game,” said Severna Park coach Ann Andrews.
No. 3 Chesapeake-Anne Arundel 1, No. 1 Severna Park 0
Severna Park 0 0 – 0
Chesapeake-AA 0 1 – 1
Goal: Chesapeake – Beal
Assists: Chesapeake – Fleig
Saves: Severna Park – Nutter 2; Chesapeake – Wade 3, Sullivan
Sullivan 1. Severna Park: Nutter 2