South River answers Chesapeake challenge Seahawks' timely plays fashion a 4-2 victory

Girls soccer

September 15, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Every time Chesapeake had something working last night at South River, the Seahawks had a reply.

In the first half, it was fine play in goal from junior Erin Johnson. In the second half, it was timely goals that provided the Seahawks with a 4-2 win over the No. 14-ranked Cougars.

The biggest answer of them all came from senior midfielder Nichoal Zamarripa, who headed home an Abby Johnson corner kick 18 minutes into the second half to give the Seahawks (2-2) a 3-1 lead.

The eventual game-winner came minutes after the Cougars (0-2) scored on their own corner kick chance -- Corrinne St. John providing the finishing touch -- to get them within one.

The two teams exchanged goals later -- Chesapeake's Melissa Garner cutting the lead to 3-2 with 15 minutes left before Lindsey Roche closed out the scoring for South River five minutes later.

South River's first-year coach Joseph Acqui said his group is getting more comfortable with his new system.

"All my girls played well," Acqui said. "We're trying to get away from the kick-and-run game. The idea is to prepare them for the next level -- college."

Acqui called Zamarripa, last year's county Player of the Year, his "midfield general" while Erin Johnson got tabbed a "life-saver" after her 10-save performance last night.

Johnson's work in goal and an opportunistic offense provided South River with a 1-0 halftime lead.

The biggest of Johnson's five first-half saves came when she dived to the right to turn back a booming 30-yard shot from Chesapeake defender Ginny Jorde midway through the first 40 minutes.

Three minutes later, the Seahawks were quick to break out defensively after a Chesapeake corner kick. Roche collected a ball at midfield down the right side and sent a through ball to Nancy Tucker, who placed a shot in the lower left corner for a 1-0 lead.

Chesapeake had two more quality chances in the first half, but Johnson came off her goal line to cut down the angle on a close shot by Veronica Cyford before turning back a chance from Jessica Barrett.

The Seahawks took a 2-0 lead three minutes into the second half when Jess Duvall scored off a feed from Heather Collison.

Chesapeake coach Lin Sullivan, whose Cougars opened the season with a tough 3-2 loss to No. 9-ranked Arundel, said his veteran team knows there's plenty left in the season.

"We have a lot of experienced players and we're experimenting with some different things," he said. "We'll stress the positives, get back to practice and try again next week. It's not how you start, but where you finish."

Pub Date: 9/15/98

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