Wilde Lake takes control, 2-1 Defense keeps South River away Girls soccer

November 03, 1993|By Pat Overton | Pat Overton,Contributing Writer

Ball control and defense did it for the Wilde Lake girls soccer team last night in its 2-1 victory over host South River in the Class 1A-2A South region semifinals.

The No. 12 Wildecats (8-2-1) got goals from Nat Froman and Kristen Riismandel, and the defensive unit of Carrie Brelsford, Carrie Chao, Siobhan Hayes and Anne Tiburzi kept a game South River (8-4-1) squad away from the goal most of the night.

Wilde Lake coach Rick Wilson praised his team following the game and said that a skill advantage probably helped his team the most.

"We talked before the game and at halftime about keeping the ball on their end of the field," Wilson said. "South River has a great team but we controlled the middle of the field and that was a plus."

Froman opened the scoring for the Wildecats a little over six minutes into the game following a corner kick by Allison Wexler. Froman out-jumped the Seahawks' defense enough to put in a header and give Wilde Lake a 1-0 lead.

The game stayed that way until midway through the second half. A pass through the middle was tipped by Froman but the Seahawks' defense couldn't get the ball out. Riismandel found the ball in front of her and deposited it in the goal for a 2-0 Wildecats lead.

South River closed to within one four minutes later when Chrissy Burke found Jess Marion open on the right side of the goal. The pass was tipped, but Marion was able to control it and score.

The Seahawks had several opportunities to score after that butcouldn't tie it.

"We played very well on offense," said Seahawks coach Mel Kohler. "We just couldn't finish tonight. I thought we could have scored three or four times, but the ball didn't bounce our way."

South River had nine shots on goal but Wildecats keeper Leah Angle had to make only one save. Seahawks goalie Megan Riley stopped eight shots.

"I'm very proud of the effort we got out of our team this year," said Kohler. "We were put into a tough division and it was great just to get here."

The Wildecats' victory puts them in the region final against No. 5 Hammond (10-3) on Friday afternoon at Wilde Lake.

"We're looking forward to playing Hammond," Riismandel said.

"We've been playing very well lately and I think we're peaking at the right time. If we can stay focused and play together as a team, there's no reason we can't go all the way."

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