Se­nior Reise’s 1st ca­reer goal gives un­beaten Fal­cons win

Score is first the Sea­hawks have given up this season

Baltimore Sun - - SPORTS - By Glenn Gra­ham

After an evenly played first half, the Severna Park boys soc­cer team fig­ured out a way to keep the ball in South River’s end for most of the rest of the game Tues­day.

The Fal­cons’ chore from there was even more dif­fi­cult: Find a way to score a goal against a Sea­hawks de­fense that had yet to yield one in win­ning their first four games.

Their per­sis­tence was re­warded. With 11 min­utes to play, Fal­cons se­nior de­fender Daniel Reise scored his first goal in his four years with the pro­gram, send­ing No. 6 Severna Park to a hard-earned 1-0 vic­tory over No. 11 South River at Kin­der Farm Park.

The Fal­cons im­proved to 6-0 over­all and 2-0 in Anne Arun­del County play, and the Sea­hawks fell to 4-1 and 1-1.

The game’s only goal came on the Fal­cons’ sev­enth cor­ner kick, and it was pre­cisely ex­e­cuted. Ju­nior mid­fielder Keaton Bathras served a ball in to the near post for se­nior Scott Hunt­ley, who flicked it across to the far post. Reise was there, us­ing the in­side of his right foot to sneak a shot past Sea­hawks ju­nior goalie Kyle Berkowitz from 5 yards away.

“We had to stay re­ally tough in the sec­ond half,” Reise said. “The goal started with a re­ally good cross and Scott was able to flick it on re­ally well. He ac­tu­ally told me to go to the far post at the be­gin­ning of the play, so I just went there and it opened up for me to get it in.”

Both teams had good op­por­tu­ni­ties in the first half to cre­ate scor­ing chances, but nei­ther could break through.

For the Sea­hawks, Isa­iah Jensen had a shot go just high mid­way through the half, then Danny Peter­son hit a heavy shot from 20 yards with five min­utes left that Fal­cons goalie Sam Far­rell was able to han­dle.

In the sec­ond half, their chances

be­came scarce with the Fal­cons able to con­trol the flow of the game. Acom­bi­na­tion of re­silient play on de­fense from the Sea­hawks and shots from the Fal­cons go­ing high or wide kept the game score­less un­til Reise was able to find the mark. Severna Park coach Ryan Parisi liked how his team stayed on course.

“I think we just took care of the ball bet­ter [in the sec­ond half ], just kept fight­ing through and work­ing hard,” he said. South River coach Jeff “Vin­cent does a great job with them, they’re a very well-or­ga­nized and tough team and they’ve given up very few goals for a rea­son. They make it dif­fi­cult. So you need to work hard, keep con­trol of the ball and get a cou­ple lucky bounces and we were able to get some op­por­tu­ni­ties.”

Down 1-0, the Sea­hawks sent more play­ers for­ward to get an equal­izer, but it never came, with the Fal­cons de­fend­ing well against a cor­ner kick with two min­utes to play.

Vin­cent gave the Fal­cons credit for press­ing the is­sue in the sec­ond half, and also saw un­char­ac­ter­is­tic play from his Sea­hawks.

“I don’t know. One of fo­cuses has been con­di­tion­ing and it seemed like we just got tired in that sec­ond half — early as well — so I think that was the main thing,” Vin­cent said.

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