Severna Park defeats South River Rodger's 1st varsity goal leads way to 2-0 victory

October 15, 1997|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park midfielder Colleen Rodger got to a loose ball in the penalty area a second before South River goalie Erin Graham, helping the No. 9 Falcons to a 2-0 win over the No. 8 Seahawks in a pivotal South Division game last night.

It was the first varsity goal for Rodger, who chipped it over Graham for the game-winner with 12 minutes left in the first half.

Sophomore Meg Miller provided an insurance goal by scoring off a corner kick from senior Dizzy Keller with seven minutes left.

The Falcons (9-3-1 overall, 3-0-1) handed South River (9-2) its first division loss after three wins. With a win at Broadneck tomorrow, the Falcons will represent the Southern Division in next week's county championship.

It was Rodger's goal that turned the game around.

"I saw it come in front, planted and jumped up for it. Then I went down and looked up just as it went in," said Rodger.

The visiting Seahawks were never quite the same after that.

"As soon as they got that goal, we were back on our heels and lost ground at midfield," said Seahawks coach Will Pharr. "We didn't work enough, didn't get to the 50-50 balls and they did."

The Seahawks did have chances in the second half to tie, but Severna Park freshman keeper Kerry York, with some help from sweeper Meredith McAlister and stopper Kristin Garrott, turned aside every challenge.

"This was a very nice win. They really stepped it up and played well," said Severna Park coach Joyce Stefancik. "Hopefully we can get a win Thursday to get back to the county championship."

Pub Date: 10/15/97

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