South River breaks out after getting cornered
High off its upset over No. 1 Notre Dame Prep, Arundel was still in comeback mode on Saturday morning.
But South River wasn’t there Friday night — and the No. 5 Seahawks weren’t about to let the No. 8 Wildcats do the same thing to them.
Led by a pair of goals from senior Allison Corey, South River squashed Arundel’s second-half rally to win, 4-3, and potentially earn a spot in the county championship.
“I believe it should secure us for home field advantage in the playoffs. We still have one more county game on Monday,” South River coach Megan Atkinson said. “Broadneck plays Chesapeake, could decide things. [The win] should set us up to be at home.”
McKenzie Jamison and Tommi Bresnahan also scored for the Seahawks while Morgan Lee dished off three assists. Corey also had an assist.
Katie Keane had two goals and an assist for Arundel. Niki Seven had a goal and an assist.
The Seahawks (10-3) were opportunists, scoring four goals on five shots, whereas Arundel completed just three on 15. It was a quick reversal for the Wildcats (10-4), who’d gotten two goals off five shots on Friday.
And when it came to corners, South River was no less absolute, scoring on three of the first four to take a 4-0 lead by the beginning of the second half.
“We’ve worked really hard. They've taken the time to hold each other accountable at practice,” Atkinson said. “Fight each practice corner out like it's a real game. It's shown in the last few games.”
The first came less than five minutes into game, even after Arundel drew a pair of its own. South River keeper Kaitlyn Wallace (12 saves) fended the first two away, which meant that the Wildcats were already on a different path than the night before.
Against NDP, Arundel pulled two corners and scored on both.
“To be honest, last night was an anomaly for us,” Wildcats coach Carrie Vosburg said. “We don't normally score on corners, and we went 2-2, 100 percent. We're never that fortunate. It's normally like today.”
For the Seahawks’ first, senior midfielder Lee lined up and loosed to Corey. Corey settled her feet and fired.
Then it happened again. Lee, to Corey, Corey to goal. The only proof that it wasn’t a case of deja vu was the scoreboard, which proved three minutes had passed.
“[Corey has] been a big part of our corner offense,” Atkinson said. “She's been the most consistent in hard hits.”
GILMAN 55, CARDINAL O’HARA (N.Y.) 20: The visiting Greyhounds (2-6) opened with a 14-0 run in the first quarter and rolled past the Hawks (4-3). Gilman had another 14-0 run in the third quarter.
WILDE LAKE 43, HAMMOND 0: Eli Fisher went 5-for-8 for 96 yards and threw two touchdown passes to lead the visiting Wildecats (5-2) past the Bears (1-6). NO. 8 GILMAN 4, JOHN CARROLL 0: Jack Stuzin had a hat trick and Grant Farley made three saves as the visiting Greyhounds (11-3-1, 8-2-1 Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference) shut out the Patriots (3-13, 1-11). Gilman led 3-0 in the first half.
The Greyhounds travel to No. 14 Calvert Hall 4 p.m. Monday.
NO. 13 ARCHBISHOP CURLEY 3, ST. AUGUSTINE PREP (N.J.) 0: Brandon Holy, Bryce Woodward, and Anthony Dragisics each scored a goal as the host Friars (7-7) shut out the Hermits (10-2-3).
PARK 1, FRIENDS 1, OT: Garrett Potts gave the visiting Bruins (5-6-4, 4-5-3 MIAA B Conference) a 1-0 lead before the Quakers (6-4-2, 6-4-2) knotted the score.
NO. 13 MERCY 2, MARYVALE PREP 0: All-Metro senior Ada Clare Tempert scored a goal and assisted a goal by Alex Jankowski as the visiting Magic improved to 10-3 on the season. The Lions fell to 7-6-1. —Glenn Graham Baltimore Sun staff contributed to this article.