South River wins for Cortney, ripping title from LaPlata, 9-0 Sister, team pay tribute to player who was killed

Girls soccer

November 06, 1996|By Bill Free | Bill Free,SUN STAFF

First there was unrelenting joy, and then there was total sadness last night for South River, moments after the Seahawks blitzed LaPlata, 9-0, in the Class 3A-2A South Region championship game at South River.

The celebration was for the rout and a trip to the Class 3A-2A final four. The tears were for a fallen teammate Cortney Belt, who died in an accident last summer.

Belt would have been a senior defender on the South River team this fall, and her sister Eryn paid tribute to Cortney on the field last night after the game was over.

"We played this game and won it for Cortney," said a misty-eyed Eryn. "We all miss her a lot."

South River (12-1-2) coach Will Pharr said his players dedicated the entire season to Cortney Belt.

"Everything we did was for Cortney," said Pharr. "All the girls wore bands on their legs all season with the Nos. 7/11 on them. Those were Cortney's numbers in high school and club soccer."

The Seahawks rose to some unpredicted heights this season, tying Class 4A-3A defending state co-champion Severna Park, as well as Southern before putting it all together in the Class 3A-2A South Regionals.

South River has soared past three opponents in the South Region by a total score of 20-0. The Seahawks beat Great Mills, 9-0, in the quarters, McDonough of Charles County, 2-0, in the semis, and outclassed LaPlata last night.

It could have been a lot worse if South River had not hit the post three times, missed by inches five times and had one goal nullified.

Senior Theresa Beckett led the South River charge against 6-8-1 LaPlata with three goals, and her freshman sister, Angela, and Nichoal Zamarripa each had one goal and one assist.

Senior Val Smith, Heather Collison, Lorie Zamarripa and Heather Fry each scored once.

Boys soccer

Stephen Decatur 2, South River 1 (Stephen Decatur wins shootout, 6-5): Ken Handy scored a second half goal to get the Sea- hawks even at 1-1. But the Seahawks (4-10-1) missed their last four shootout tries, and Decatur (13-2) won the Class 2A region.

Pub Date: 11/06/96

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