Arundel earns tie with S. River

October 01, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

Arundel's Christy Nichols scored with three minutes left in regulation to give No. 10 Arundel a 2-2 overtime tie against visiting South River last night.

No. 14 South River (4-0-2) appeared to have the game won after Jess Marion scored with just over five minutes left in the second half.

But Nichols quickly answered -- heading home a Kristen Smeby corner kick -- to send the game into overtime and eventually give Arundel (4-1-1) the tie.

South River had the better of the chances in the extra session -- particularly in the second 10-minute overtime period. Marion had a couple of shots turned back, and Cassidy Dunbar sent a shot just wide. Smeby had a shot with three minutes left for Arundel, but South River's Megan Riley came up with the save.

South River took a 1-0 lead on a Kim Morehead goal 12 minutes into the game and maintained it until Smeby scored off a direct kick from more than 20 yards out five minutes into the second half.

Arundel dominated the first 10 minutes of the game, but couldn't get anything past a solid South River defense led by sweeper Shannon Burchell and Riley.

South River countered shortly after with Marion controlling at midfield, beating two Arundel defenders before cranking a shot just wide. Morehead's goal came 45 seconds later.

Arundel got the equalizer after Smeby was tripped along the right side.

She was quick with the restart and sent a high shot to the near post that Riley got her hands on, but couldn't hang on to.

The Wildcats' defense, led by stopper Tara Surlis and sweeper Kim Kesselman, had its work cut out trying to contain Marion, who had three solid second-half scoring chances with the game tied. Goalie Marcia Lavin came up big on a number of South River shots.

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