Old Mill, Arundel ring up upsets

Patriots girls soccer, Wildcats field hockey unit show spunk in surprises


September 25, 2001|By Edward Lee | Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Surprises aren't everyday occurrences - hence, the definition of the word. But that didn't stop a pair of teams from pulling off a couple of shockers in consecutive days.

First, the Old Mill girls soccer team upset then-No. 10 Broadneck, 2-1, courtesy of an overtime goal from Patriots junior striker Kara Cullins Thursday.

The next day, senior midfielder Danielle Werner's second-half score was all the Arundel field hockey team needed to topple then-No. 5 South River, 1-0.

The prevalent thread running through both cases was an emotional pickup that seemed to energize the victors.

"It showed that we could play at a higher level, especially with a young team," said Old Mill coach Vern Hines. "It showed that even though they outplayed us for the first half and some of the second, we put together a solid 30 minutes over the second half and overtime period. That showed a lot of character and no quit."

"It's definitely a confidence builder," said Arundel coach Clint Gosnell. "The first step was getting the team going and becoming a worthy opponent. This was the second step."

Wildcats senior defender Shannon Jewell said the win against South River was particularly significant in that the Seahawks had claimed the Class 3A state championship last year and had moved up this year to Class 4A, where Arundel resides.

"We always say that we want to win [a state crown]," Jewell said. "It just boosted us up."

For the Patriots, defeating Broadneck meant snapping a four-game losing skid against the Bruins.

"We wanted to go out there and show what kind of talent we had," Cullins said. "We wanted to show everybody that we could do this."

Hannibal references

The references to Clarice Starling, fava beans and Chianti are getting old to members of the Archbishop Spalding boys cross country team.

On the day of every meet, the Cavaliers wear white T-shirts with a quote printed on the back. The quote reads, "We will either find a way or make one."

The author is Hannibal. Not Hannibal Lecter of The Silence of the Lambs fame, but Hannibal, the Carthaginian general who invaded Italy by crossing the Alps.

The quote was the brainchild of Andrew Witte, the coach of the boys cross country squad and a world history teacher.

But what Witte did not envision was observers making the incorrect assumption that the shirts quoted the infamous serial cannibal of Hollywood film.

Still, team members said they have become fond of the quote even if it's a little confusing.

"At first, I didn't think it made a lot of sense," said senior Michael Donovan. "But the more I think about it, the more I like it. It's kind of inspiring in a mysterious way."

Curry does it all

As a midfielder for the South River girls soccer team, junior Melissa Curry can play the offensive and defensive ends of the field.

She also can play a new role - coach.

Curry managed the Seahawks in the second half of a 5-0 victory over Southern of Harwood last Thursday. She filled in for head coach Keith Fontaine and assistant coach John Camm, both of whom had to leave the game at halftime to attend to Back-to-School Night duties.

Although Fontaine already had predetermined the substitutions and South River had a comfortable 3-0 halftime lead, he said it was the first time he had left a player in charge.

Curry wasn't entirely alone as Seahawks athletic director Jim Haluck was in the stadium for any emergencies. But Curry said she enjoyed her brief stint as coach.

"It was an experience," she said. "The team took it very well. No complaints, no arguments. Everyone listened and played well."

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