South River kicking into gear


October 25, 2001|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

South River boys soccer coach Greg Carroll is hoping that his "new" offense featuring Scott Forney will carry his Seahawks a long way into the 4A East Region playoffs.

No. 12 ranked South River (13-1-1) won the Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship for the first time Tuesday night with its 2-1 win over No. 11 Chesapeake (9-2-2).

The Cougars had taken a 1-0 halftime lead, putting the low-scoring Seahawks in trouble before Carroll moved superb junior defender Forney up top.

Forney responded with the first goal and assist of his three-year varsity career. Carroll is hoping that Forney will now provide the much-needed punch to complement the team's leading scorers, Paul Miller (six goals, six assists), Tim Sheleheda (five, three) and Zack Davis (five, two).

South River's Achilles' heel has been its inability to finish.

The Hawks often outshoot their opponents, but can't find the net. They will have to score goals to have a shot in the 4A East that includes No. 2-ranked C. Milton Wright (12-2), the defending region champion, and at least four other capable Anne Arundel teams.

"We pretty much dominate most games in midfield play, but when it comes to finishing, we have a tough time," said Carroll, who is completing his 25th season at the Edgewater school and led the Seahawks to a state title in 1987.

"We've been winning our games 1-0, 2-1 and it's been driving me crazy. But overall we've been playing decent, playing pretty well and now we're going into the region. We will have our work cut out for us there."

Certainly that's an understatement considering C. Milton Wright is rolling through its schedule as evidenced by Tuesday's 7-0 romp over Bel Air.

In addition to the Harford County power, Chesapeake, a 2-1 winner over the Seahawks in regular season, and Old Mill (8-3-1), a team just outside The Sun's Top 15 in the "other teams considered" bracket with Arundel (9-6) not to be overlooked.

The latter Wildcats finished strong after getting their offense together with junior James Agorsor and sophomore Justin Thompson. Arundel has to be considered the "sleeper."

Coaches' picks

The Anne Arundel County public school boys soccer coaches announced their All-County team:

Strikers-Agorsor and Thompson (Arundel); Joe Butka (Chesapeake); Daniel Bulls (Old Mill); Matt Morgan (Northeast); Sheleheda (South River) and Chris McGrath (Broadneck).

Backs-Matt O'Neill (Annapolis), Adam Powell and Addison Pumphrey (Chesapeake), Forney (South River), Jesse Weissburg (Severna Park) and Jon Coleman (North County).

Midfield-Wijy Jones (Old Mill), J.P. Murphy (Severna Park).

Goalkeeper-Craig Bald (South River).


Archbishop Spalding is holding its second youth basketball coaches clinic tomorrow from 7 to 9 p.m.under the direction of the Cavaliers boys basketball coach Mike Glick. Admission is free and for more information, call Glick at 410-969-9105, ext. 267. ... Brooke Dieringer of St. Mary's has verbally committed to North Carolina for a lacrosse scholarship, as has Saints boys counterpart Scott Falatach. Dieringer is also a field hockey standout. ... The No. 2 Annapolis (6-1) football team that is giving up just 7.6 points a game while averaging 34, has returned five of its 10 interceptions for touchdowns with Darius Johnson turning the trick twice. ... Called up from the JV last week, freshman place-kicker Chris Desautels had a memorable debut for No. 5 Broadneck (6-1) in its 28-21 victory over Glen Burnie last Saturday, making good on all four of his extra-point kicks.

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