Chesapeake shocks S. River With 42 seconds to go, Clyde's high, arching kick finds goal for 2-1 victory

Girls soccer

September 13, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Was it a pass? Was it a shot? Chesapeake's Brooke Clyde may never divulge her original intent on what turned out to be the game-winning goal yesterday against South River.

"I don't know what it was," said the senior. "I just knew I had to pull it off somehow and get it in."

Clyde's high, arching ball from 25 yards out on the left side had all the earmarks of a crossing pass, but it beat goalie Erin Graham to her left with 42 seconds to play, giving the 11th-ranked and host Cougars a stunning 2-1 victory over the seventh-ranked Seahawks.

For the Cougars (2-1), the victory accomplished two important things. One, it gave them an early-season win over the defending Class 2A-3A co-state champions and all the confidence that goes with it. And two, it helped them avert a 1-2 start after recently getting blanked by Arundel.

"They're tough, and we expected them to be tough," said coach Lin Sullivan. "This is a good win for us."

South River (1-1) controlled the action most of the way through the first half, using a short passes to dominate time of possession. The Seahawks outshot the Cougars, 5-2, in the half and got off all three corner kicks, though to no avail.

"In the first half, they had a short passing game that was just tearing us up from 18 to 18," said Sullivan. "We tried to play that game with them in the first half, and it just didn't work.

"In the second half, we got a couple opportunities to do what we do well, which is get the ball outside and use our speed on the wings."

That's just what happened on the game's first goal, early in the second half. Chesapeake's Stephanie Mosca won a ball near midfield, streaked down the sideline and sent a high, arching cross into the middle, where sophomore Stacey Hughes took it and scored with 30: 32 left.

South River tied it with 11: 15 to play on a shot by Nichoal Zamarripa from in front of the net. But for the Seahawks, it wasn't to be, despite a 12-5 shooting advantage.

"They converted," said Seahawks coach Will Pharr. "They had two good counter-attacks, and they made the most of them. I give them credit, but I also thought we had some opportunities we didn't make the most of."

In the end, the Cougars, and especially Clyde, made the most of theirs. Still, as players exited the field following the game, the question remained: Was it a pass or shot?

"Well, if you ask Brooke she'll probably tell you it was a shot," Sullivan said. "But I don't care whether it was a shot or a cross. It was in the right place."

Pub Date: 9/13/97

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