Ball, title bounce South River's way

No. 2 Seahawks find net, end 5-year Arundel run by No. 7 Severna Park, 2-0

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October 25, 2002|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

After his team controlled most of the game but couldn't finish scoring chances in a scoreless tie against Severna Park on Monday, South River coach Keith Fontaine was convinced that a couple of bounces would go his Seahawks way the next time.

That next time was yesterday, in the Anne Arundel championship game at Southern High, and that was certainly the case.

The No. 2 Seahawks got a goal early and another one late, were simply a little better in every phase of the game and earned a solid 2-0 win over No. 7 Severna Park and their first county championship in four tries.

The result also put an end to Severna Park's run of five straight county crowns, including three wins against the Seahawks from 1998 to 2000.

The two top teams in the county will now go their separate ways, with the Seahawks (13-1-1) preparing for a state title in Class 4A and the Falcons (11-1-2) looking to do the same in Class 3A.

For South River, winning the county championship was special, but winning it against Severna Park was particularly special.

"It's the greatest thing," said midfielder Brandi Sutphin, who was around the ball all game to help the Seahawks control the midfield. "That was the last time I was going to play them as a senior and I think as a team, we all worked so hard to get here this year."

Once there, the Seahawks wasted little time.

In the game's second minute, junior forward Crystal Curry was stationed at the near post and headed home a corner kick from Shara Greulich to do something the Seahawks couldn't in 90 minutes against the Falcons on Monday - score.

"It was a huge adrenaline rush for everyone," Curry said. "Once you get the first goal and especially within a minute ... our bench said they looked over right when we scored and their whole bench [had their heads down]. We knew after that."

From there, the Seahawks continued to move forward with dominating play from midfield and, when called upon, their defense was also up to the task. Senior goalkeeper Jacque Sutphin finished with seven saves.

Sophomore midfielder Rachel Fry provided the insurance goal, one-timing a long ball from Curry with 12 minutes left to secure the win. The Seahawks' willingness to continue to attack with the early lead played big in the win.

"I didn't want to drop back - I felt that would give them a chance to get into our end. I wanted to keep the pressure up, keep doing what we do well and push for more goals," Fontaine said.

After losing nine seniors to graduation, the Falcons did well to get back to the county championship game.

"[South River] is well coached, has speed at every position, knocks the ball around well and supports the ball well," said Severna Park coach Gary Lam. "They were just the better team today and that's nothing against our team. Our kids played their hearts out. We have a quality side and we're looking forward to the Class 3A playoffs."

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