Ries' goal in OT lifts Chesapeake

Cougars gain berth in 4A, East Region final with 1-0 win over Arundel

Girls Soccer

November 07, 1999|By JEREMY BRYANT | JEREMY BRYANT,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Chesapeake's Lindsay Ries hasn't had many opportunities to score as a defender on the Cougars girls' soccer team.

The senior has made her goals count though, scoring the second goal of her career last night with 2.58 left in overtime to beat visiting Arundel, 1-0, in the Class 4A, East Region semifinals.

"Its so nice to score because as a defender I don't get to shoot very often," said Ries. "I'm so excited right now."

Her only other goal came off a header in Chesapeake's 1-0 win over the Wildcats during the last game of the regular season.

Cougars coach Jerry McBee called a play named "Chocolate," where Ries was supposed to pass the ball to her forwards to give them a chance to score.

"She was supposed to chip it to our forwards so they could run under [the ball]," McBee said. "I guess she didn't hear me."

Instead of passing though, Ries took the shot from 40 yards out on a free kick and the ball found its way over Arundel goalie Jamie Holiman's head to end the game sending Chesapeake (9-4) to the regional final against Westminster Tuesday at Severna Park.

McBee, in his first year with the Cougars, said his team is playing with confidence after winning so many close games this season.

"We're so high right now," McBee said. "We've won so many close games that they feel like they're unbeatable We bend but just don't break.

The game was a defensive battle. Both teams had only eight shots on goal.

"The defense controlled the game," said Arundel coach Tom Degner "It wasn't pretty soccer, but I'm proud of our team and we played up to their level"

The chances of the Wildcats (9-5-1) winning were diminished when All-County forward Denise Casey left the game early in the second half with a calf injury.

"She's our best player," Degner said "We lost a lot of power up front when she went down"

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