Rice pushes Severn over AACS, 3-0

Admirals beat Eagles for 1st time since 1997

Girls soccer

High Schools

September 20, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Freshman Suzi Rice is too young to remember the last time the Severn girls soccer team defeated Annapolis Area Christian.

So Rice, a striker for Severn, created her own memories by scoring the game-winning goal in a 3-0 non-conference victory over the visiting Eagles in Severna Park yesterday.

Junior midfielder Amy Modlin and sophomore striker Nicky Schmidlein also scored to help the Admirals - who play in the Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland - improve to 2-1.

Not only did Severn defeat Annapolis Area Christian for the first time since 1997, but the Eagles also suffered their first loss of the season (3-1-1).

"It's a great feeling of accomplishment," Rice said of helping the Admirals snap a 0-1-2 skid against Annapolis Area Christian, which has won five consecutive Tri-State Athletic Conference titles. "It's great knowing that what other people once did, we now have done."

The win was especially gratifying to Severn coach Adam Ritchie, who was concerned about how his squad would respond after dropping a 2-0 decision to Seton Keough Monday.

"We didn't play well two days ago, but they came back strong today," he said. "I hope it will carry over for the rest of the season."

The Admirals, who hadn't scored a goal since crushing Mount Carmel, 5-2, on Sept. 7, broke the drought just four minutes into the first half.

Awarded a direct kick from about 20 yards, Rice took advantage of an Annapolis Area Christian defense that was slow to set up a wall by lofting a shot into the top right corner for a 1-0 lead.

With about 15 minutes left in the second half, Severn extended the lead to two on a controversial play. Modlin outraced several Eagles defenders to the ball and beat sophomore goalkeeper Cortnie Higgins (nine saves).

But Annapolis Area Christian coach Paul Brophy argued that the goal should not have counted because Modlin was offsides by standing 8 feet behind the last Eagles defender before the ball had been kicked to the offensive end.

Even Modlin and Ritchie agreed that one of the two referees on the field had missed the call.

"I didn't think they would count it at first," Modlin said. "I was so scared they would take it away."

Four minutes later, Schmidlein sealed the victory by converting a breakaway.

Defensively, Severn's back four of Meredith Balenske, Coley Chacos, Lindsay Wright and Brionna Ned, and goalie Erin McCord recorded nine saves to earn the shutout. Eagles star junior Paige Cheek was limited to just four shots and zero goals.

Although Brophy was critical of the referees' calls after the game, he was more disappointed with his team's own play.

"This was not one of our better games," Brophy said. "Calls happen, and we have to respond."

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