Seahawks stop Bulldogs, 14-10

May 18, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Southern-AA came back from five goals down to defeat Towson in its first regional playoff game last week. The Bulldogs again needed to rally last night at South River.

This time the rally was not successful -- Megan Riley made sure of that.

Riley helped top-seeded South River stay in control with three key second-half goals plus two assists, and she finished with five goals and two assists to lead the Seahawks to a 14-10 victory over third-seeded Southern in the Class 1A-2A East Region final.

South River (10-4) makes its first trip to the state final four since 1989. The Seahawks play on Friday or Saturday at Catonsville Community College.

The Seahawks started quickly, taking the first 11 shots of the game. Their swarming double- and triple-teams on defense helped shut down the strong Southern offense. South River also won seven of 10 first-half draws to take a 6-3 halftime lead.

But Southern (7-7) rallied, scoring on three of its first four second-half shots. The Bulldogs tied the game at 6 on a Kari Sherbert (three goals) goal only 3:32 into the half. South River and Riley quickly answered back.

"I think I can help lead the [team]," said Riley. "I don't like being behind. I felt like I had to step up."

Amy Nye scored just 1:21 later to give the Seahawks a 7-6 lead. Riley then fed Chrissy Burke for a goal before scoring two straight herself. After that, Riley fed Shannon McCleary (three goals, one assist) for the team's fifth straight goal.

Southern, which plays a quick-paced run-and-gun style, was not finished. The Bulldogs got goals from Laura Nutwell, Becky Archambo (three goals, two assists) and Michelle Raly to slice the lead to 11-9.

Riley then sparked another rally, scoring on a free-position shot after Liz Colacicco scored from the doorstep. That sealed the victory.

South River did a good job of keeping Southern out of its run-and-gun. Jessica Marion controlled the midfield much of the night for the Seahawls and slowed the pace.

The Seahawks tried to watch Archambo and Sherbert all night and often kept them quiet. South River goalie Amy Davis (17 saves) turned in a strong performance -- as did her counterpart, Sabrina Stockett (19 saves).

"It's a question of making your team suck it up and pull tight and play your game," said South River coach Paula Tobin. "This is the finest team I've ever coached [here]."

The slow start was too much for Southern. The Bulldogs did not get a shot until Archambo took one from in close 11:20 into the game. By that time, the Seahawks were on top, 2-0, and in control of the tempo.

"Our team has a lot of determination and character," said Southern coach Bill Madden. "Most of the year we've played behind teams. I was hoping to get a jump on them, but it didn't happen."

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