Severna Park, South River play to 0-0 tie despite many chances

September 29, 1994|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Special to The Sun

Both Severna Park and South River started numerous scoring chances last night. The problems came when it was time to finish.

No. 7 Severna Park and No. 14 South River each saw several opportunities slide past in regulation plus two overtime periods as they played to a scoreless tie at South River.

Time and again during the 100 minutes played, both Severna Park (3-0-1) and South River (4-0-1) nearly scored. But whenever either team got close, they simply could not finish.

Each team hit the post or the crossbar several times.

"Both of us had chances," said Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik.

"We had opportunities. We just didn't take some smart shots."

But the Falcons certainly took their share of shots, finishing with 15 (South River had 13). Severna Park, the Class 4A state finalist last year, managed five shots in the second overtime.

The Falcons' best scoring chance came in that second 10-minute overtime. Lindsey Poland broke through the defense and fired one off the crossbar with four minutes left.

"I thought we played pretty well," said Poland, who hit the crossbar three times. "We hit the crossbar a lot. That was frustrating."

Teammate Jenny Voishan also hit the crossbar, on the team's first shot 2:30 into the game. The Falcons came up with several good passes, they just could not finish.

South River coach Will Pharr, whose team has not beaten Severna Park in 17 years, saw his team nearly break that streak.

Jess Marion provided most of the punch for South River. The speedy forward had three breakaways where she got off shots -- including one just 18 seconds into the game.

Her best chance that was not on a breakaway came with about 21 minutes left in regulation. Marion fought off two defenders on the right side, then spun and split them, but Severna Park goalie Shannon Chaney (10 saves) made the save by the near post.

"She just needed more support up top," said Pharr. "She can't do it all by herself."

Both goalies played well. Chaney made a big save on the early shot from Marion, and her aggressive play helped thwart other South River scoring chances.

Severna Park kept South River goalie Megan Riley a little busier. She made 13 saves, including four in overtime.

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