Friends blanks Severn as top seeds fall in MIAA B soccer playoffs; Saints and Quakers will battle Sunday for the crown
No. 19 Boys’ Latin School entered Thursday’s MIAA B Conference quarterfinals as the top-seed and with an undefeated league record, but the Lakers’ chase for the league title was brought to an abrupt halt by a brilliant performance by fourth-seeded Concordia Prep.
Taylor Calheira scored twice, Angelo Poblete had a goal and an assist and Justin Draper also scored as Concordia (15-5-1 overall) rolled to a 4-0 victory.
Rueben Devaney also added an assist and Noah Gregory stopped 10 shots to blank the potent BL attack.
Boys’ Latin end its season at 14-3-2 overall.
Concordia now advances to Sunday’s MIAA B championship game on Sunday (3:15 p.m.) at Anne Arundel Community College against third-seeded Friends School, which ousted second-seeded Severn School, 2-0, also on Thursday. It will be a rematch of last fall’s B Conference title game.
For Friends, the defending league champion, it was the second year in a row that it faced an undefeated Severn squad in the league semifinals. Harry Deller and Alex Shine scored the Friends’ goals.
The Quakers and Admirals split their regular season meetings this fall, and the conditions were ideal when they met again on Thursday in Severna Park.
Friends (12-4-2) started quickly with a few early chances as Shine came close to scoring twice in the first 20 minutes. Severn eventually settled into the game and played its normal possession soccer before senior Jack McCarthy pulled a shot wide from 20 yards out to nearly put the Admirals (14-5-1) on the board.
However, with 10 minutes left in the first half, it was Friends sophomore Harry Deller who popped up back post to tap in home a shot from 3-yards out, after a scuffle in the Severn box from a set piece.
The Quakers took their 1-0 lead into the second half, but Severn grew into the game and started to control the match as it pushed for the equalizer. Unfortunately for the Admirals, chances were few and far between and it was actually Friends which quickly snatched a second goal, on a counter attack, when a long cross was played in by senior captain Liam Cullen, which Shine volleyed home to make it 2-0.
Severn pushed hard in the closing stages and had a 1v1 saved and a goal disallowed for offside, as the Quakers held on for 2-0 victory.
Sunday’s final will feature two red-hot teams as both have won six straight games. The teams played to a 1-1 draw in the first meeting in mid-September and Friends won the rematch, 2-1.
Photo courtesy of Kathy Forbush