Calvert Hall and South River play to 1-1 tie in tournament

Archbishop Spalding upsets host Severna Park in second game, 1-0

Boys soccer

High Schools

September 15, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

If you attended Friday night's opening of the Severna Park boys soccer tournament, you would not have known the No. 3 Calvert Hall and No. 7 South River teams that battled to a 1-1 tie in double overtime last night.

The 100-minute marathon was prolonged 20 minutes because South River's Paul Yarnell was taken away by ambulance with a possible broken leg with 2:40 left in the first extra session.

It delayed by 75 minutes the start of last night's second game between No. 5 Severna Park and Archbishop Spalding that had been scheduled for 7:15 p.m.

That game was won by Spalding, 1-0, which left the Falcons 0-2 in their own tournament.

Spalding's Dan Tomas scored the only goal of the game, which was also stopped for 30 minutes in the first half due to a lightning delay.

"Our goalie [Ryan Cadden] came up big despite playing with a pulled groin," said Spalding coach Ed Kestler, whose Cavaliers (5-2) went 2-0 in the tournament.

"This tournament was good for us, and now we should be ready for the [Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association] A Conference. We've gone from next to last to being able to compete with the top teams."

Calvert Hall (5-0-1) had dominated Severna Park, 2-0, on Friday night, while South River (2-1-1) dropped a 2-0 decision to Spalding.

"It was our third game in three days, and I thought our guys were lethargic right from the start," said Calvert Hall coach Andy Moore.

"We didn't play the way we normally play, didn't have a lot of energy off the ball. We were in possession of the ball, but we weren't creating because it was like we didn't have any gas in the tank to make those runs we need to make."

Said South River coach Greg Carroll of his team's 24-hour turnaround: "Tonight we ran; last night we didn't run. We lost the midfield and control [Friday]. Tonight we started out a little slow, but as the game progressed we played with Calvert Hall, and at times I thought we played over Calvert Hall."

Carroll's Seahawks nearly pulled the upset after taking a 1-0 lead in the 63rd minute on Chris Gentry's goal from Matt Sol. The Seahawks went to the far pipe and Gentry was there to put it in.

Calvert Hall avoided the upset, thanks to junior Ryan Callinan's unassisted goal into a vacant net seven minutes later. On a cross after a corner kick, Callinan just missed a go-ahead goal with his left foot with just under nine minutes remaining.

Neither team did much on the attack in the first overtime, but the Cardinals mounted a serious barrage in the final two minutes of the second overtime. But South River senior goalie Steve Ridgeway, who had 11 saves, was up to the challenge.

"Calvert Hall has one of the best attacks I've ever seen, but I wasn't going to let it go in," said Ridgeway, who turned away three apparent goals in the 99th minute.

"They're a good team, and we kept up with them. I like that kind of pressure. I love it. We were a little upset from [Friday's] game. That was just bad play, horrible play."

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