South River ready to try on 4A for size

Boys soccer county champs open tourney in new class after a long run in 3A


High Schools

October 30, 2001|By Pat O'Malley and Edward Lee | Pat O'Malley and Edward Lee,SUN STAFF

Anne Arundel County boys soccer champion South River will be on the road in the Class 4A East quarterfinals tonight. Playing for the first time in the 4A regional, the Seahawks, a longtime 3A team, visit Glen Burnie.

No. 12 South River (13-1-1) edged 11th-ranked Chesapeake, 2-1 in the county final last week to avenge a regular-season loss to the Cougars by the same score.

The possibility of a rubber match between the two teams would only occur in the region final, but getting there won't be easy for either. South River has to first get by a capable Glen Burnie team (6-7) that gained a lot of confidence after Friday's 1-0 quarterfinal victory over Old Mill.

The Gophers' upset win was one of two surprising first-round results. Arundel was an upset loser, 1-0, to Frederick as the Wildcats' offense failed to show.

Old Mill (9-5-1) and Arundel (8-7) came on strong at the end of the season and were in the race for a berth in the county championship until the final game.

A header by Edwin Hernandez off a cross from Tim Smith in the opening minute of the game enabled Glen Burnie to upset Old Mill. It was sweet revenge for the young Gophers, who won last year's county title only to lose to Old Mill in the playoffs, and again this year in the regular season.

Chesapeake (9-2-2) opens in the 4A East at home vs. Broadneck (7-5-1), a 3-2 victor over North County in the first round.

The South River-Glen Burnie survivor meets the winner of the No. 2-ranked C. Milton Wright-Westminster contest in one of Thursday's semifinals, with the Chesapeake-Broadneck winner playing the Frederick-Thomas Johnson victor in the other.

Previously ranked Severna Park (8-5-1), Northeast (3-11) and upstart Annapolis (4-7-4), which tied Chesapeake at season's end, play 3A East quarterfinals today.

Severna Park plays host to Howard County's Wilde Lake, while Annapolis, a 1-0 winner on a Chet Feldmann goal at Prince George's Frederick Douglass in a Friday first-rounder, gets the dubious distinction of playing host to top-ranked River Hill (10-0-1). The Severna Park-Wilde Lake winner gets the survivor from Annapolis.

Northeast visits Gwynn Park in Prince George's County and that winner advances to Thursday's semifinal against the No. 10 Mount Hebron-Long Reach winner.

Southern-Harwood, Anne Arundel County's only Class 2A team, won its first game of the season Friday, 1-0, in overtime at Surrattsville in Prince George's to advance to today's South Region quarterfinals. Austin Sumner scored off a cross from Pat O'Brian in the extra period to advance the Bulldogs (1-10-1). Southern will play host to another Prince George's team in DuVal at 7 p.m.

Volleyball showdown

Top-ranked and undefeated Severna Park (15-0) meets No. 5 Broadneck (12-2) for the county volleyball championship at 7:15 tonight at Glen Burnie.

Broadneck is the defending county champ, but lost, 3-1, to the Falcons during the regular season.

The Bruins lost to Severna Park during the regular season last year before defeating the Falcons in the county championship and again in the 4A East Region final. A third meeting can't happen this year because Severna Park is now in the 3A East and Broadneck is back to defend its 4A East title.

Wide-open hockey race

With the ouster of top-seeded South River, the Class 4A East field hockey bracket is wide open.

Since North County upset the Seahawks, last season's Class 3A state champion, No. 2 seed Broadneck (10-3-1) has assumed the role as favorite.

The Bruins, who advanced to the county championship game for the first time in school history two weeks ago, will play host to No. 3 seed Arundel (9-4-1) in a regional semifinal at 3 p.m. today.

In the upper half of the bracket, No. 4 seed Chesapeake (9-2-2) will travel to Glen Burnie at 4 p.m. today to meet the No. 8 Knights (5-7-1), who defeated South River despite being outshot 27-3.

AAC girls champs again

The Annapolis Area Christian girls soccer team finished its season the way it began - as champs.

The Eagles (14-2-1) claimed their fifth consecutive Tri-State championship with a 3-2 double-overtime victory over Riverdale Baptist on Thursday night.

Junior striker Paige Cheek was named the league's Most Valuable Player, while senior defenders Jen Beaton, Lindsey West and Catherine Zadoretsky and junior midfielder Laura Anderson were selected to the All-League first team.

Girls soccer standouts

Four South River players were chosen to an All-County girls soccer team as selected by county coaches. Melissa and Crystal Curry, Amy Morrison and Jacque Sutphin were picked from the Seahawks.

Arundel had three players in Melissa Hornfeck, Jessica Upchurch, and Alli Wilkerson. Severna Park placed Erin Dubina and Lauren Mitchell on the team, while Desiree Colon and Steph Jones were selected from Broadneck.

Also chosen were Annie Bik of Northeast, Rachel Boyer of Old Mill, Tracey Dahlen of Chesapeake, Kimi Kann of Southern and Tina Willis of Glen Burnie.

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