Old Mill captures first Arundel title with tenacity, 2-1

No. 4 South River fails to keep crown, capitalize on shots, corners edge

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 25, 2002|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Senior catalyst Wijy Jones delivered the game-winner off a penalty kick with 10:08 remaining yesterday and goalie Tim Carrier closed the door as host Old Mill won its first Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship by 2-1 over No. 4 South River in Millersville.

Chris Moran gave the Patriots a 1-0 lead nearly 18 minutes into the second half with his first goal of the season. But Scott Forney launched a 20-yard rocket to tie it up for South River approximately four minutes later at Bob Golliday Memorial Field.

Defending county champion South River outshot the Patriots 24-16 and had seven corner kicks, but to no avail. The Seahawks waged an all-out assault on the Old Mill goal in the final eight minutes with no success.

"We're not finishing and have way too many opportunities we're not capitalizing on," said South River coach Greg Carroll, whose team made a number of good runs, especially late in the game, but couldn't get it past Carrier.

The Patriots' junior keeper was up to the challenge and turned the Seahawks away time after time, finishing with 19 saves for his contribution to history-making at Old Mill.

"They [South River] really picked it up as time went on and I knew they were coming at me," Carrier said.

"People will always remember us as the first to win a county championship. It's the first big thing Old Mill has done since the region championship back in the '80's [1985]."

Carrier made sure that Jones' goal would decide it.

Jones' penalty kick cut the grass on the way past diving Seahawks goalie Steve Ridgeway, who got a piece of it, and Old Mill (11-2-2) got its second win in three days over South River (10-3-2).

Old Mill had to win at home Tuesday and did by 1-0 over the Seahawks to advance to their first county final since the championship game began in 1994.

"Now maybe we will get the respect we deserve," said Jones.

"I've been on this team for four years and we've never gotten the credit we deserve, even this year. Severna Park and South River are getting all the credit. We tied Severna Park and dominated the game and we just beat South River for the second time."

Old Mill coach Jeff Martin had a different take.

"You've got to earn your respect," said Martin.

"We've had decent teams in the past few years, but we haven't won that big game for everyone to have respect for us."

That's no longer true.

Old Mill is the 2002 Anne Arundel County boys soccer champion.

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