by Derek Toney
A year ago, Severna Park High boys’ soccer lost to Meade for the first time in three decades. Tuesday, the sixth-ranked Falcons regained the upper hand, posting a 2-0 decision over the No. 5 Mustangs in an Anne Arundel County matchup in Fort Meade.
Sophomore midfielder Nate Carey had a goal and an assist for Severna Park, and Scott Huntley tallied. Junior goalie Sam Farrell finished with six saves in goal.
The Robinson Road school (9-0 overall, 5-0 Anne Arundel) combined a steadfast defensive effort with a heightned work rate on offense producing both goals, winning the battle of the only undefeated teams in the area. Last year, Meade handled Severna Park, 5-1, earning the Mustangs their first win againat their rival since 1991.
The Mustangs went on to the Class 4A state final.
“Losing to Meade was upsetting to us,” said Carey. “We really wanted to get a different outcome tonight.”
They got it thanks, keeping top scorer Sam Solomon and Meade’s attacking line at bay Tuesday. Maxim Murphy, Mason Jones, Kevin Kobosko and Ian Murphy
“We worked all week on stopping Sam Solomon and the big guys who are their big players,” Farrell said. “We executed, and I made a couple of saves, but it wasn’t my win; we did great as a unit.”
Farrell was threaten in the 22nd minute as Solomon got free in the box with a pass that worked its way to his foot. Farrell came over to stop Solomon’s shot, then saved a follow-up out wide.
Meade netminder Chris Marx made a couple of nice stops in the first 20 minutes of the second half, but Severna Park’s constant pressure finally paid off. In the 58th minute, Carey placed a header wide past Marx in the left corner.
The Falcons got an insurance goal in the 76th minute as Huntley headed a cross from Carey. Severna Park coach Ryan Parisi said his squad had textbook execution Tuesday.
“We went back to the basics, keeping it simple and connecting the passes,” said Parisi.
The Falcons ended Meade’s 15-game regular season unbeaten streak, dating back to last season. The Mustangs (7-1-1, 4-1-1 Anne Arundel) had never trailed this season until Tuesday.
“I would rather this happen now than later. It is something you can grow from and it builds you as a team,” said Mustangs coach Pat Hulede. “You need to taste it for a little bit in order to not allow it to happen again.”
No. 6 Severna Park 2, No. 5 Meade 0
Goals: Severna Park – Carey, Huntley
Assists: Severna Park – Carey
Saves: Severna Park – 6; Meade – Marx 5
Severna Park 0 2 – 2
Meade 0 0 – 0