South River edges into county final, tops Severna Park

Quick Forney goal, 1-0 win let Seahawks advance in jammed race for top

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 22, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

South River earned the opportunity to defend its Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship with a 1-0 victory yesterday at Severna Park.

Senior back Scott Forney scored the lone goal in the first three minutes of play.

Win, lose or draw today at Old Mill, No. 4 South River is in the final set for 4 p.m. Thursday at a site to be determined by best record.

South River (10-1-2 overall) is 9-0-1 in league play while Severna Park (9-3-1) and Old Mill (9-2-2) are 8-1-1 each.

Old Mill won, 4-0, at Southern-Harwood yesterday and has to win today. An Old Mill loss or tie coupled with a Severna Park victory at Meade (4-6) and Severna Park is in.

If both Old Mill and Severna Park lose today to leave both teams at 8-2-1, the title berth goes to Old Mill by virtue of its better overall record. The two tied in the regular season.

In the event of a three-way tie (9-1-1), which would mean Old Mill and Severna Park winning today, South River would play at Old Mill again on Thursday by virtue of overall records.

Severna Park would finish at 10-3-1 in that scenario with the other two at 10-2-2. The tiebreaker gives two points for a win and one for a tie, and the Falcons would have 21 points to 22 each by the other two.

In yesterday's game played on Severna Park's auxiliary field, Andrew Hall assisted Forney on the game's only score.

"Andrew played an awesome ball across the middle and I took it on my chest," said Forney, who got one past the Falcons' superb goalie Scott McGuire.

"I put it down on my foot and stuck it in the side of the net."

The goal was reminiscent of Forney's first high school goal in last year's 2-1 county championship win over Chesapeake.

"Forney put it home for us today, just as he did then," said South River coach Greg Carroll.

"We try to use him up top whenever we can, and we pushed our sweeper [Hall] up a lot today in the first half."

Severna Park outshot the Hawks 12-6, but couldn't get one past Steve Ridgeway, who matched McGuire with four saves.

Greg Fenton, the Falcons' leading scorer with seven goals and six assists, just missed in the waning moments, but Ridgeway was there.

Forney anchoring the defense was also crucial.

"I don't know if you could hear him [Forney] directing, but he just kind of takes charge of things for me," Carroll said. "My two wings [senior backs T.C. Yarnell and Charlie Emerson] just listen to him."

Girls soccer

No. 7 Severna Park 0, No. 2 South River 0: In a preview of Thursday's Anne Arundel County championship game, the host Falcons (12-0-2 overall, 10-0-2 league) and Seahawks (12-1-1, 11-0-1) played to a scoreless tie.

South River got to the ball faster and with a good first touch, had the better of the play for much of the game. The Seahawks outshot the Falcons by a 16-9 margin, but couldn't get anything past senior goalkeeper Brooke Shinaberry, who finished with nine saves.

With the 6 p.m. curfew set on all athletic events due to the sniper shootings in the Washington area, only one of the two 10-minute overtime periods was played.

The tie ended a 12-game winning steak of the Seahawks, who hadn't lost since their season opener against No. 5 St. Mary's.

Sun staff writer Glenn P. Graham contributed to this article.

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