South River rides tide by Severna Pk.

Defense up to task, 1-0

5-team race is down to 4

Boys soccer

October 17, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | By Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

A stellar defensive effort led by junior sweeper Scott Forney and goalkeeper Craig Bald and a first-half goal by Jason Brown enabled South River to slip past visiting Severna Park, 1-0, last night.

The crucial soccer victory at Joe Papetti Field put the Seahawks (11-1-1 overall) in position to clinch a berth in Tuesday's county championship game at South River with a win or tie tomorrow night.

It knocked Severna Park (8-4-1) out of what was a five-team race going into last night's action.

South River is 9-1 in league play and will play host to Old Mill (9-3-1, 8-2), a 2-0 winner over Southern-AA last night, in tomorrow's regular-season finale. The Hawks need a win or tie to play in the county final while Old Mill has to win outright.

Chesapeake (8-1-2) blanked Broadneck last night and with a win at Glen Burnie tomorrow would go to 9-1-1 in the league and clinch a berth in the final.

Also, still alive mathematically is Arundel (8-5, 8-2) which defeated Meade, 4-1, but the Wildcats need Chesapeake and Old Mill to lose and they have to beat Broadneck.

Last night, Brown, a senior forward, followed Paul Miller's rebound to score the only goal 25 minutes into the first half.

Severna Park outshot South River 21-14, including 12-6 over the last 40 minutes, and had nothing to show for it. The pesky Forney was the main reason along with Bald, a senior who had 14 saves.

"My goalie works so well with Forney, who got little to no recognition last year," said South River's 25th-year coach Greg Carroll.

"His team play with Bald back there really makes him a better player. He's [Forney] quality."

Forney's relentless play allows Carroll to let his wings attack more rather than having to play more containment defense.

Carroll, whose Seahawks took a 2-1 decision in overtime at Severna Park last year under the same rain-chilling conditions they had in Edgewater last night, wasn't as pleased with the play of his midfield last night.

"I was disgusted with our midfield play the first 20 minutes of the second half because we weren't winning any balls," he said. "You've got to win the midfield and that's what we have been doing all year."

The Falcons outshot the Seahawks 7-1 in the first 21 minutes of the second half. By then, every Severna Park starter had taken at least one shot as they pressured a South River defense up to the task.

J.P. Murphy, the Falcons' leading scorer with eight goals and seven assists, had two shots just miss and freshman striker Greg Fenton another during that spree.

At the other end, Severna Park goalie Scott McGuire kept his team in the game with eight saves.

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