Severna Park shuts out South River Seahawks fall, 2-0, vow to get revenge in rematch

Girls soccer

October 23, 1998|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Severna Park freshman Erin Dubina made an early impression last night at South River with a rocket shot that banged off the crossbar before being smothered by Seahawks goalie Erin Johnson.

A little later in the first half, Dubina was at it again. She finished an easier chance that proved to be the game-winner for the No. 4-ranked Falcons, who turned back some strong second-half pressure from the No. 11 Seahawks to come away with a 2-0 win.

Junior Holly Noga provided the insurance goal with eight minutes left, only after the Seahawks gave the Falcons defense all it could handle in the second half.

"We've had a lot of tests, and we've been able to hold together pretty well. Whatever anyone throws at us, we can handle it," said Severna Park senior sweeper Meredith McAlister.

Neither team had lost since their openers. The Falcons closed out the regular season 13-1 overall and 10-0 in county play. South River (11-2, 8-2) saw its 11-game winning streak end, but the Seahawks will get another opportunity against Severna Park when the two go at it in the county championship game, set for 7 p.m. Tuesday at South River.

South River coach Joe Acqui expects a different outcome then.

"Severna Park got very, very lucky [last night], and you can say the South River coach said that," said Acqui. "You'll be writing a different story after Tuesday. That will determine the champion."

Dubina was left all alone when she scored her 14th goal of the season off a rebound on a shot by Bre Benton that deflected off a defender. The goal came with 10 minutes left in the first half.

"She's a freshman and is such a poised player," said Severna Park coach Chuck Seivert. "Goal line-to-goal line, she's aggressive with the ball."

Acqui is looking for some tighter marking from his defenders on Tuesday. "She [Dubina] was at the right place at the right time. My defense has to be more active. Tonight, my defense wasn't," he said.

The Seahawks' best chances came off seven corner kicks they earned with some good countering. They had a goal called back in the first half when one referee whistled a push.

In the second half, Eryn Belt headed a corner wide and Jess Duvall had a shot deflect off a defender right to Severna Park goalkeeper Kerry York.

Noga then finished a chance from 18 yards to put the game away for the Falcons, who are looking forward to Tuesday.

"It helps us [get ready for the playoffs]," said Seivert. "I remember one season we had a tough beginning and nothing at XTC the end, and we didn't do as well in the playoffs. We love this -- it tunes you up more and more. South River is a good team."

Pub Date: 10/23/98

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