South River teams go for soccer sweep

SIDELINES

High Schools

October 24, 2002|By PAT O'MALLEY

South River has a chance to become the third county school to sweep the boys and girls Anne Arundel soccer championship games since the title game inaugural in 1994.

The No. 2 South River girls (12-1-1) meet No. 7 Severna Park (11-0-2) at 4 p.m. today at Southern High in Harwood.

No. 4 South River (10-2-2) returns to Millersville for the 4 p.m. boys final at Old Mill today.

The Patriots (10-2-2) upset South River, 1-0, Tuesday on Jason Stern's second-half goal to advance to their first county championship game.

If both South River teams win, the Seahawks would match the sweeps by the 1998 Severna Park and 1997 Chesapeake boys and girls teams.

It should be mentioned that the 1998 Severna Park teams won outright, as did the 1997 Chesapeake boys. The Cougars girls shared the title with Severna Park after a 0-0 overtime tie.

That was the start of the Falcons' five straight county titles, the most by boys or girls. And the Severna Park girls are making their eighth appearance in the final, also a county best.

The Chesapeake boys have made seven trips, winning four.

This year's Severna Park girls were 9-0-2 in league action, including Monday's 0-0 tie with South River (10-0-1 league) in the final regular-season game.

Both goalies - Severna Park's Brooke Shinaberry and South River's Jacque Sutphin - played well. Shinaberry had nine saves, and Sutphin turned back seven shots.

It will be interesting to see if the offenses get going today. South River, which won its only title over Severna Park in 1994, boasts senior striker Brandi Sutphin and sophomore scorer Lea Erculiani.

Sutphin is the county public school leading scorer with 14 goals and 18 assists. Erculiani has 11 goals and three assists.

The Falcons counter with junior Katie White (10, four) and sophomore Melissa Loureiro (eight, three).

In boys play, Old Mill is the season's big story. The unranked Patriots tied defending county champion South River in county regular-season play at 9-1-1.

Under third-year coach Jeff Martin, the Patriots are looking to win the school's first county boys soccer championship since the school opened in 1976.

This year's edition is led by Wijy Jones and Daniel Bulls offensively and Andrew Appelbaum, Andrew Fach, Ryan Payne and goalie Tim Carrier.

Jones has five goals and six assists, followed by Bull's nine goals.

Defending champion South River, a 2-1 victor over Chesapeake in last year's county championship, is historically a low-scoring team, and this year is no different.

Sophomore Matt Sol and junior Zack Davis are the leading South River scorers, but neither is in double digits.

Greg Carroll, the Seahawks' veteran coach, has a knack for bringing premier back Scott Forney along with sweeper Andrew Hall up top in big games.

Once they get a lead, the two return to the back and protect it.

That could happen today and the Seahawks also have standout defensive wings in Charlie Emerson and T.C. Yarnell. Goalkeeper Steve Ridgeway is also superb.

All in the family

For those who have called the Sportsline or e-mailed us, Old Mill sophomore midfielder Tim McMullen, who scored twice in the Patriots' 4-0 win over Southern-AA Monday to set up the showdown with South River, is the son of Tim McMullen Sr.

The elder McMullen teaches at Broadneck, was athletic director there, and as a baseball coach, led the Bruins to a state title in 1983, giving him two. His 1980 Brooklyn Park team also was a state titlist.

Younger Tim's uncle, Kevin McMullen, who coached boys soccer at Brooklyn Park for four years and for 10 years at Broadneck, won his 200th game this week. Now the coach at Urbana in Frederick County, McMullen is in his 24th season.

Urbana's 8-0 victory over Linganore Tuesday enabled McMullen to reach the 200-win milestone. McMullen led Brooklyn Park to the final four in 1980 and Broadneck in 1984 and 1990, the latter to the Class 4A final.

Coaches' all-county

The county's boys soccer coaches named 17 players to their first team: Forwards - Justin Thompson (Arundel), George Norris (Glen Burnie), Daniel Bulls (Old Mill); midfielders - Dave McGowan (Arundel), Craig Schneider (Severna Park), Ryan McFarland (Glen Burnie), Andrew Hall (South River), Wijy Jones (Old Mill).

Backs - Matt Riggin (Broadneck), Addison Pumphrey (Chesapeake), Mike Warshauer (Meade), C.J. Twombly (Northeast), Nolan Wiles (Severna Park), Charlie Emerson, Scott Forney (South River); goalies - Scott McGuire (Severna Park), Steve Ridgeway (South River).

Golf champions

Northeast sophomore Stephanie Connelly won her second county girls golf title with a 78, eight strokes better than Severna Park's Morgan Reich. Arundel's Brian Scott won the boys championship with a 3-over-par 74, one stroke better than Northeast's Brian Carneal.

Not expected at the Eisenhower Golf Course was South River's first Anne Arundel county team championship. The Seahawks had 320 points, to 327 second-place Severna Park.

Randy Sroka (78), Eddie Milligan (79), Nick Johnson (80) and Chris Wolf (83) were among the top 10 boys for South River coach Bruce Bowen.

Sideliners

Coordinator of athletics Marlene Kelly said yesterday that the Broadneck, Glen Burnie, Old Mill and Severna Park homecoming football games will be played as scheduled at 1 p.m. Saturday. ... Jeff Hoffman, Severna Park's workhorse running back who also plays lacrosse and has a 3.8 grade-point average, has drawn the interest of Cornell, Lehigh and Penn. ... Broadneck volleyball setter Melissa Golob, a 3.5 student, has applied to the U.S. Naval Academy.

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