Bennett saves day as South River defeats Arundel on penalty kicks

Class 4A East girls soccer

High Schools

November 05, 2003|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,SUN STAFF

Senior goalie Jessica Bennett made a diving stop on a shot by Arundel to give South River a 2-1 sudden-death win on penalty kicks for the Class 4A East region title at Joe Papetti Field in Edgewater last night. Freshman Ali Moreland scored the winning penalty kick after the teams had tied 3-3 after five shots following a scoreless overtime.

"You look in their eyes as they walk up [to take the shot] and sometimes they look [where they might shoot]," said Bennett, whose counterpart, Catie Bukowski, also played a stellar game. "It's a guessing game."

The sixth-ranked Seahawks (14-2-1) lost on penalty kicks in last year's state semifinals, but now they return to the 4A final four because of them.

"It's sweet redemption," said South River coach Keith Fontaine.

The Wildcats (11-4-1) knocked the Seahawks out of the county final with a 1-0 victory on a late goal by Melissa Hornfeck. The Seahawks avenged that last night, repeating as region champs.

After a scoreless first half, the pace and aggressive play picked up, particularly in the final 15 minutes of regulation. Hornfeck, who doesn't miss very often, missed two scoring opportunities in the final nine minutes of regulation.

The Seahawks nearly broke the ice in the first minute of the second half when senior Jamie Swears boomed one over the crossbar. Arundel's Amy Wolf would miss just to the right from 25 yards out in the 55th minute.

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