Old Mill makes title chance pay off

Patriots win coin flip, blank South River, 1-0

Girls soccer

High Schools

October 26, 2004|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

The Old Mill girls soccer team turned an unconventional coin toss yesterday morning into a well-earned Anne Arundel County championship last night.

With an early second-half goal from freshman Jennifer Miller - an easy tap-in following a shot from senior Lauren Carrier - and a tireless collective effort, the Patriots upset No. 7 and previously unbeaten South River, 1-0, at Chesapeake High.

The Patriots, who won their only other county championship game appearance in 1995, improved to 11-4 overall, while South River fell to 10-1-4.

It wasn't until 6:15 a.m. yesterday that South River's opponent was determined.

Old Mill, Arundel and Severna Park were all even in the first three tiebreakers (league wins, head-to-head competition and overall wins), so it went to the county's fourth criterion - a coin toss. The three athletic directors from the respective schools met with the county's supervisor of athletics, Marlene Kelly, yesterday morning and agreed that whoever had the odd flip would win. All three came up "heads" the first time, but on the second flip, Arundel and Severna Park had "heads" while Old Mill AD Bruce Lawton had "tails."

At 7:20 a.m., he informed the entire team of the good fortune and they made the most of the chance last night with a fine performance that avenged an overtime loss to the Seahawks in the regular season.

"We told the kids this was [icing on the] cake," said Old Mill coach Claudia Kirkup. "We've had a great season and were looking forward to the playoffs and this was a pleasant surprise that worked out for us.".

It wasn't clear until after the game who actually scored the game's only goal, which came in the 55th minute.

With a couple of fine touches, Carrier worked her way from the left side into the middle and kept a hard shot low from 15 yards that Seahawks goalkeeper Danielle Estill couldn't handle. The ball squirted through to the goal line at the far post, where Miller finished it off.

The Seahawks, a winner of two of the six county championships they've played in since the games started back in 1994, pressured in the latter stages. Their best chance came after they were awarded a penalty kick with 17 minutes left, but senior midfielder Rachel Fry's shot went just wide of the left post.

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