Sarah Elms is a three-year varsity starter enjoying a breakout season at Severna Park. She scored a pair of goals and had two assists during a 9-7 victory against archrival Broadneck for the Anne Arundel County regular-season title May 6. The Falcons are 14-1 and earned the top seed in the East region of the Class 3A/4A Section I playoffs, where they will be gunning for their 14th state title.
How did you and your teammates get better throughout the season?
Sarah Elms: We work really hard and get pushed to compete at our best during practices and in games, and we know what the coaches expect of us and what we expect from each other.
How important was earning that No. 1 seed for the playoffs?
SE: It was really important because it showed the other teams that we won't back down and we'll work as hard as we have to in order to come out with the win.
How have you taken on a leadership role this season?
SE: This season, I've made it one of my goals to step up and be a leader on the attacking end and take control of what needs to be done and get it done.
Severna Park is shooting for its 14th state championship. Is there added pressure to uphold the program's great tradition?
SE: There's a lot of pressure, as always, coming into the season. We have a lot of talent on the team, and it's all a matter of who's willing to step up and work hard for her teammates to fill the spots that we've lost from the previous season.
What are you plans as far as college and possible areas of study?
SE: I'm planning on attending Jacksonville University and studying in psychology or something in the medical field.