Making most of chances, South River moves to 10-0

Mawrtians outshoot Seahawks but can't score in second loss

No. 1 South River 2 No. 2 Bryn Mawr 0

Field Hockey

October 06, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

South River's No. 1 field hockey team proved last night that it doesn't matter how many scoring opportunities you have, it just matters how many you finish.

Second-ranked Bryn Mawr outplayed the host Seahawks for much of the game and had more than twice as many scoring opportunities, but South River made the most of its chances to come away with a 2-0 victory.

"This win is absolutely amazing because we haven't beaten them [before]," Seahawks senior defender Hope Battista said. "Ever since I was a freshman, my goal has been to go undefeated and right now is the closest we've ever been to doing that."

Melissa Nelson scored late in the first half and Brooke Griffin added an insurance goal on a second-half penalty stroke as the Seahawks (10-0) notched their eighth shutout. They have outscored the opposition 58-3.

Overall, Bryn Mawr (10-2-1) has played the tougher competition and was undefeated until Thursday's loss to Archbishop Spalding - and the Mawrtians certainly had their chances last night. They had a 14-3 advantage on penalty corners and outshot the Seahawks 11-6.

But after the Mawrtians dominated the first 22 minutes of play, South River's offense began to pick up steam. Bryn Mawr fought off one Seahawks surge but wasn't as quick to the ball on the next series.

Griffin blocked a free hit and sent it back into the circle, where Mawrtians goalie Abby Bisbee made a split save on one shot before Nelson scored off the rebound, flipping the ball over Bisbee and just out of her reach.

The Mawrtians nearly tied it midway through the second half when Peyton Hawkins' shot slammed off the left post. In the ensuing scuffle, the ball got caught under South River goalie Virginia Jorden, giving the Mawrtians a penalty stroke.

Annie Thomas missed the stroke just wide of the cage with 11:31 to go. Six minutes later, Griffin sealed the win when she nailed a penalty stroke into the low left corner past the diving Bisbee.

"The IAAM is just a very strong division and so is Anne Arundel County," Bisbee said. "It's really great that we can play in between [league games]. I think everyone who's a true athlete always loves really great competition and that's what this game was."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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