South River's Forney makes 1st assist count - netting county title

Defender also scores first, rallying Seahawks past Chesapeake, 2-1

Boys soccer

October 24, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Defense has been Scott Forney's forte for three varsity seasons, but last night the South River junior had his coming out as an offensive star. Forney led the No. 12-ranked Seahawks to a 2-1 victory over No. 11 Chesapeake in the Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship.

Forney had never scored or had an assist in his high school career before last night. He scored his first to tie the score at 1 some 13 minutes into the second half and assisted Zack Davis on the game-winner with about 12 minutes remaining at South River's Joe Papetti Field in Edgewater.

The county championship came in what was the Seahawks' first appearance in the county final that commenced in 1994. It was also the first overall for 25-year coach Greg Carroll.

It was Chesapeake's seventh appearance in the eight-year history of the game and the Cougars, who last won the title in 1999, failed in their bid for a fifth championship. (They shared one with Severna Park in '94.)

A move by Carroll enabled the Seahawks (13-1-1) to overcome the Cougars (9-2-2). South River's inability to finish was evident again last night and has been its story all season.

"If you noticed, we were a little stagnant on offense in the first half and they were marking us the way they should have marked us, and I had to change personnel at halftime," said Carroll, who joined his dad, the late Steve Carroll, as what is believed to be the only father/son coaches to win county soccer titles.

"I pushed two of our defensive players in Scott and Andrew Hall up into the midfield and there you go. It worked."

Steve Carroll, for whom the stadium field at Arundel High is named, won several county titles in the 1950s and '60s at the Gambrills school.

Greg Carroll, who won a state soccer title in 1987, learned from his father not to be afraid of making changes in midstream and did so last night with Forney, the most surprising move.

"I was very surprised, because he has never moved me up there before," Forney said. "It's pretty much the first time I've been an offensive threat on any team I've ever played on.

"I was very concerned when they took the 1-0 lead. Usually when a team gets up 1-0, it's hard to come back, especially [against] a good team like Chesapeake."

Chesapeake, a winner over South River by the identical 2-1 score in the regular season, took a 1-0 lead 29 minutes into the game. Mike Larsen scored off a throw-in by Evan Carter as Seahawks keeper Craig Bald was caught out of the net.

It was the only goal of a rather aggressive first half on both sides, with several players going down. The Cougars lost senior forward Jamie Bowerman for the second half because of a knee injury.

South River outshot the Cougars 17-4, but went 0-for-7 on corner kicks because of its inability to finish until Forney showed what he could do up top.

Girls soccer

Hammond 2, Altholton 0: The Bears (13-1-1, 7-1-1 Howard County) put a convincing stamp on a stellar and surprising season, knocking off the Raiders (6-4-3, 4-4-1) to win their first league title since 1998.

"I don't think anyone figured we'd be any good this year after we went 7-9 last season, but we knew what kind of team we'd have," said senior Melissa Workman, who scored both goals for the Bears, her 15th and 16th of the season.

With its win, Hammond finished ahead of Wilde Lake (10-4, 7-2).

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