No. 8 South River edges sixth-ranked Severna Park

Rodano's 2nd goal of year lifts Seahawks to 1-0 win

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 08, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

South River girls soccer coach Keith Fontaine said it often comes down to one break whenever his Seahawks take on Severna Park.

Last night, it was one perfectly executed corner kick.

South River senior midfielder Angie Rodano finished it, scoring on a header in front in the 65th minute to provide the visiting eighth-ranked Seahawks with a 1-0 win that also handed the No. 6 Falcons their first setback of the season.

Quality scoring chances for either side were rare, with neither team budging until the Seahawks earned the corner that proved to be the difference.

Junior Nina Firmani sent a long cross to the far post, where Rachel Fry met it and headed it back to the middle for Rodano to pounce on for her second goal of the season.

"[Fry] had a great flick back to the middle and I got a nice bounce in front of me and flicked it in. This was a huge win," said Rodano.

South River, which beat the Falcons in last year's county championship game, improves to 9-1-1 overall and 7-1 in county play, closing the gap in the county race. Severna Park falls to 8-1 overall and 7-1 in the county, losing at home for the first time under third-year coach Gary Lam.

After the Seahawks took the second-half lead, the rest was up to a defense, led by senior central defender Lindsay Sheppard, that was sturdy throughout. Help came from senior Kristin Distad and junior Kristin Doyle, with goalkeeper Jessica Bennett stopping five shots for the shutout.

"The defense was unbelievable," said Fontaine. "They cover for each other so well and constantly get numbers behind the ball. That's how you win games."

AddedSheppard: "We're mainly just comfortable because we've played together for a while and know how we all play. We're able to anticipate and help each other out. For the defense, we've just got to stay focused and know our offense will step up."

Lam said the Falcons, who got a strong performance from senior midfielder Shannon Hadaway and a strong defensive performance as well, were beaten by a quality goal.

"They scored on a quality corner kick. I was proud of our group - it just wasn't our night," he said.

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