Wilkerson scores both goals in No. 15 Arundel's 2-1 victory

Wildcats top South River for first time in six years

Girls soccer

September 22, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Pretty is not a word that Arundel coach Tom Degner uses often to describe his girls soccer team's style of play.

Then again, fancy adjectives don't necessarily translate into victories, and wins are all that matter to the No. 15 Wildcats, who edged visiting South River, 2-1, yesterday in Gambrills.

Arundel, which improved to 4-1 overall and 3-0 in Anne Arundel County, eschewed its finesse game for the long-ball route, earning two goals from sophomore forward Alli Wilkerson.

"These are never pretty games," Degner said. "Neither team played the way they wanted to play, but that's because the other team didn't let them."

Wilkerson scored both of her goals off one-on-one plays that allowed her to use her quickness off the ball.

"We were supposed to connect ball-to-feet, but it didn't work," Wilkerson said. "We did what we had to do."

The Wildcats hadn't defeated South River in six seasons, and it appeared the Seahawks (3-1, 2-1) would extend that streak with about 30 minutes left in the first half.

From the 50-yard line, junior midfielder Melissa Curry floated a ball over the head of an Arundel defender, and senior forward Christina Rodano converted the breakaway with a hard shot to the top right corner to give South River a 1-0 lead.

The Seahawks hadn't allowed a goal this season, but that changed about five minutes later when Arundel senior midfielder Rachel Moreland lofted the ball over the South River defense. Wilkerson dribbled the ball, eluded a defender and booted it with her left foot in the left corner.

With about 29 minutes left, Curry found herself alone from about 12 yards in front of the Wildcats net, but sophomore goalkeeper Catie Bukowski (eight saves) ranged to her right to make a diving save.

"I was on the end line and all I saw was a girl on the 12-yard line," Bukowski said. "I got off a good jump and caught it."

Ten minutes later, Arundel junior forward Amy Vest crossed the ball to Wilkerson, who was running toward the left post. Wilkerson sidestepped Seahawks junior keeper Jacque Sutphin (five saves) and pushed the ball across the goal line for the final score.

South River coach Keith Fontaine said he wasn't disappointed with his team's performance, but did note that his team was unprepared for Arundel's speed and pressure.

"We hadn't played anybody with that pace so far this season," Fontaine said. "Our defense played well, but Arundel capitalized on their chances."

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