Sister act leads Chesapeake over South River

Bob Hough
Contact Reporterbhough@capgaznews.com

Sisters Logan and Eryn Beal made another memory on Wednesday.

After teaming up to help the Chesapeake field hockey team capture the Class 3A state title last year, the pair scored the Cougars’ only goals in a 2-0 victory over South River on Wednesday in a matchup of the county’s field hockey state champions from 2016.

The sisters, who are one year apart, have played on the same field hockey and lacrosse teams all their lives, but Wednesday was the first time they both scored in the same game.

“It’s really exciting, especially since this is our last season together,” said Logan Beal, a senior.

After South River carried the play for a good part of the first half, the Cougars finally put some pressure on and it paid off. Following their first penalty corner of the game after the Seahawks had already attempted seven, the Cougars were awarded a penalty stroke after a South River player was ruled to have been hit in the foot with the ball while behind the goalie.

Chesapeake coach Joan Johnson selected Eryn Beal to take the stroke, and it paid off when Beal improved to 4 for 4 on strokes during the season and put Chesapeake up, 1-0.

“I play goalie in lacrosse, so I kind of know how they’re thinking,” she said. “I know the spots that are the hardest to reach, so I try to put it there.”

The goal off the stroke came with 11:20 left in the first half, and Logan Beal added to the lead just 54 seconds later when she scored off a feed from Rachel Fleig off another penalty corner to make it 2-0.

“It definitely brought up our spirits,” Logan Beal said. “We had said in the beginning that we wanted to go out and score first, score quickly and give us a cushion, that way we could relax and dominate the game. South River is used to dominating, so we wanted to control things and get in their heads.”

Chesapeake (7-2) continued to apply pressure for the rest of the first half, but the Seahawks had their share of chances in the second. South River (6-5) finished with a 13-9 advantage in penalty corners and the teams were even with nine shots apiece.

Ultimately, the game came down to South River not capitalizing on their early opportunities before the Cougars’ two goals.

“I thought we had a lot of good pressure in the first 20 minutes of the game,” South River coach Megan Atkinson said. “We were generating corners and generating good shots. There was probably about two to three minutes where we had a little bit of a breakdown, which they capitalized on.”

The Seahawks had some quality scoring chances off their five penalty corners in the second half. A few shots went just wide, while Chesapeake’s Eve Vickery made some timely saves and finished the game with nine.

“My defense came through for me again and my goalie Eve Vickery came through on several big shots,” Johnson said. “Getting the first goal made all the difference. This is the first time I’ve beaten South River, so I’m very excited.”

Johnson was especially pleased with the play of Riley Sullivan, Leah Evans, Tatum Schatt and Logan Beal on defense and Hannah McKeon and Bridgette Tayman in the midfield.

Kaitlyn Wallace finished with seven saves for South River, which followed up Chesapeake’s state championship victory and won the Class 4A state title last November at Washington College.

“We graduated nine seniors, so we did lose a lot of leadership and talent,” Atkinson said. “Other girls have stepped in and played their roles very well. We’re hoping to build with each game so when it comes to the playoffs we’re where we need to be.”

Chesapeake 2, South River 0

Goals: CH — E. Beal, L. Beal.

Assists: CH — Fleig.

Saves: SR — Wallace 7; CH — Vickery 9

Half: 2-0, Chesapeake

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