South River deals No. 1 Severna Park its 1st loss, 3-2

Unranked Seahawks rise to 10-0 on Wojtech's goal

Field hockey

High School

October 08, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

South River senior Jen May said she couldn't wait for today.

"I can't wait for the papers [today] for everyone to see, everyone to know that South River won and that South River came out on top," said May after unranked host South River stunned top-ranked Severna Park, 3-2, in Edgewater last night.

It was a matchup of unbeaten field hockey teams decided by Janna Wojtech's goal from Shannon Long with 12:19 remaining on South River's new Bermuda grass surface on Joe Papetti Field.

The Severna Park loss was the first to an Anne Arundel team since South River knocked off the Falcons by the identical 3-2 score in 2000. That game also was played at South River and went overtime, but it was an afternoon game in the rain on the auxiliary field.

"The last time we beat them in 2000, both teams went on to win state championships," said South River coach Laura Gerrior-Hoffner.

"This is a great win because a lot of people underestimated us because we lost 13 seniors coming into the season, but we have a very skilled team. This is probably one of the best teams I have ever coached."

Last night, Severna Park (10-1, 8-1) struck first on an Abbi Horn goal in the first minute and a half, but the Seahawks (10-0, 9-0) answered with two goals in the next two minutes.

Frannie Sullivan tied the game at 1, and May assisted Lauren Disharoon with the go-ahead goal to make it 2-1 South River.

"The game shocked me," said May, who is a co-captain with Sullivan. "It was like quick goals. They scored, we scored again and they scored. I've never seen a game played like that."

Sullivan said she and her teammates "were really psyched for them."

Sam Price took a feed from Horn to tie the game at 2 with 21:22 left in the first half. It stayed that way until Wojtech's game-winner despite the Falcons outshooting the victors 13-4 in the first half and 20-9 for the game.

"We did not execute the way we are supposed to," Severna Park coach Lil Shelton said. "I think we played a really good game, but they have a very good team. We had a lot of chances there at the end. We knew it would be a tough game."

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