Defender Belt scores 3 goals for S. River No. 10-ranked Seahawks upset No. 9 Arundel, 4-2

Girls soccer

October 01, 1997|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

South River junior Eryn Belt had never scored a goal prior to last week. Now it appears she's getting the hang of it.

Belt, a defender, scored a hat trick, including two goals on direct free kicks from 30 yards out, as the No. 10-ranked Seahawks upended visiting No. 9 Arundel, 4-2, last night in an Anne Arundel South division game.

The power in her kicks seemed to catch the Wildcats off guard, and definitely made an impression on South River coach Will Pharr, who said that he had never seen a performance quite like it.

"We've been working on set pieces everyday in practice, and she knows she's going to take them," said Pharr, who saw Belt have yet another long direct kick bounce off the post. "I tell her that she has the green light to shoot and today they were giving her room."

The win was a big one for the Seahawks (6-1 overall, 5-1 in the league). Not only did they take over sole possession of second place in the league, but they posted their first win over the defending county champions in four years.

It was Arundel (5-3-1, 4-2), however, that took the early lead, as Polly Williams beat goalie Erin Graham at the end of a breakaway to make it 1-0 just 3: 37 into the game.

But after staying in a defensive posture for most of the first 15 minutes, South River began to turn the tide. The Seahawks, who outshot the Wildcats, 24-8, first tied the score with 25: 23 to play in the first half on Belt's goal off an assist by Nichoal Zamarripa. Then they took a 2-1 lead 5: 37 before halftime by taking advantage of a costly defensive mistake.

Trying to clear the ball out of their own end, the Wildcats made an errant pass that was picked off by South River's Julie Herring, who dribbled in and scored from 10 yards out.

Arundel had a golden opportunity to pull even, but was thwarted by a heads-up play by South River back Crystal Bassford. With Graham out of position, Bassford stepped into the goal mouth to block away a certain score.

The Seahawks then extended their lead to 3-1 as Belt scored her second goal of the game, this one on a direct free kick from 30 yards out with 23: 51 left.

After Arundel's Erin Sturgis made it 3-2 with 11: 54 left, Belt finished off her best game ever by scoring from virtually the same spot on another direct kick.

For Arundel coach Tom Degner, whose team has now lost two straight, the post-game speech was a reminder that all is not lost.

"I told them that the season isn't over," Degner said. "We got knocked around, but they should not stop playing now."

Pub Date: 10/01/97

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