Spalding goes cold in 0-0 tie with South River

After 8 goals in 2 games, Cavaliers can't find net

Girls soccer

High Schools

September 08, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The game of soccer played a little trick on the Archbishop Spalding girls team last night, and South River's defense was in on it.

There was no other explanation for the No. 4 Cavaliers scoring eight goals in two games - wins over No. 9 Severna Park and always-tough Arundel - over the weekend and then coming up dry after 100 minutes in a scoreless, but exciting tie with the No. 11 Seahawks.

"It's soccer and that's the way it goes sometimes," said Spalding coach Bob Dieterle. "We just couldn't put anything in, but you also have to credit their defense in that, too."

A well-paced, up-and-down game leaned heavily toward the Seahawks' end in the final 10 minutes of regulation, along with most of the two, 10-minute overtime periods.

The Cavaliers (2-0-1) had chances - sending 26 shots at the South River goal - but tight marking, 10 saves from sophomore keeper Julia Watson and a resilient effort from sweeper Morgan Triggs helped the Seahawks (1-0-2) hold their ground.

"It was pretty busy, one of the hardest games we'll have to play and we played our hearts out ... " said Triggs.

Spalding freshman Christine Nairn had the game's best scoring opportunity and it didn't come until the second overtime period. With a direct kick from the top of the penalty area and a six-player wall in front of her, she was able to bend a shot that hit squarely off the right post.

Both teams left the field feeling they had accomplished something despite the tie.

The Seahawks, who benefited from a strong game in the middle by Rachel Fry and some hard work up front by Ali Moreland to create most of their scoring chances, didn't surrender to the Cavaliers' late pressure.

"We knew they had some speedy, talented forwards who played well one-on-one, so we did well to mark up real tight and didn't give them many free looks at the goal," said South River coach Keith Fontaine. "I was proud of how hard the girls played."

As for the Cavaliers, who jumped from No. 11 in the preseason poll to No. 4 this week after their showing in the Pioneer Shootout over the weekend, their 2-0-1 record against three quality opponents seems to show they are ready for their demanding Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland A Conference schedule.

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