S. River gets best of Severna Park, 2-1

Seahawks still unbeaten after Firmani's late goal in girls soccer matchup

Fall sports

High Schools

October 05, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

It hasn't been often over the past four years that Severna Park girls soccer coach Gary Lam has said that the team on the other side was better.

Last night at South River was one of those times.

With a well-earned penalty kick converted by senior Nina Firmani midway through the second half, the No. 11 Seahawks came away with a 2-1 win over the two-time defending Class 3A state champion Falcons.

Pressing in the penalty area after the Falcons tied the game earlier in the second half, Laurie Jordan's header had to be cleared away by a hand ball from Severna Park defender Erika Kenny, awarding the penalty kick.

Firmani made no mistake with the penalty kick, going left while Falcons keeper Megan MacNabb guessed right.

Severna Park sophomore forward Samantha Young, who scored four minutes into the second half to tie the game, headed a ball off the Seahawks' right post with 10 minutes left.

"I'll give you the generic answer and say we weren't prepared. And that's my fault," Lam said. "We just got outworked and were not at their level. They were clearly the better team. Our lack of effort surprised me."

South River remains unbeaten at 7-0-2 overall and 5-0 in Anne Arundel County. No. 8 Severna Park fell to 6-2 and 4-1 in the league.

"I thought it was unbelievable on both sides," said South River coach Keith Fontaine. "There was a lot of chances for both teams - a classic end-to-end battle. I think we created a couple of better chances in the box and were able to finish."

Field hockey

No. 1 Severna Park 3, No. 8 South River 0: The host Falcons (10-0) rolled over the Seahawks (7-2) in an Anne Arundel County game.

"This was a really big game for us because they were undefeated in the county and of course we are too," said Falcons coach Lil Shelton. "It was just a really tough game and it was really well played."

Keri Fisher and Same Price scored early for the Falcons. Fisher got an unassisted goal with 16:02 remaining in the first half, and Price converted a pass from Kim Kral on a penalty corner with 14:33 remaining. The Falcons' final goal came from Tara Gardner with 29:39 left.

No. 3 St. Paul's 1, Severn 0: Forward Sarah Seats scored on a pass from Jackie Brucher with 6:30 left to push the host Gators past the Admirals (2-5-1).

Boys soccer

No. 3 Archbishop Curley 4, No. 15 C.M. Wright 3: Sophomore forward Chris Wright scored on a pass from B.J. Quigley in overtime to lift the Friars (11-3) over the visiting Mustangs (6-2).

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