South River goalie Naomi Johnson made two strong saves in overtime, and Taylor Bresnahan scored her second goal of the night to clinch a 2-1 victory over rival Severna Park on Wednesday.
The win was No. 2 Seahawks' second of the season against the No. 6 Falcons, and it completed a 10-0 season in Anne Arundel County competition for South River (12-1-1), which wrapped up the county title Monday with a 5-0 victory over Arundel.
"Overtime was pretty stressful," said Johnson, who finished with 10 saves. "It's the worst thing that can happen. In the first half, we were in a kind of funk and not really communicating, but our defense did a great job."
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Severna Park Senior High School, 60 Robinson Rd, Severna Park, MD 21146, USA
The Seahawks held host Severna Park (10-3, 7-3) off the scoreboard through seven intense minutes in that first half, when the Falcons had the ball in South River's defensive end.
The Falcons had five corners and a penalty shot by Maeve Doherty that went wide. About a minute and a half after finally clearing the ball from their side of the field, the Seahawks got their own first corner and Bresnahan, a senior captain, scored on a slap shot.
"It's always stressful in our end," said Bresnahan, a defender. "But our defense did a good job and Naomi was really good."
Severna Park evened the score with 20:36 to play in the second half. Johnson had done a split to stop the initial attack, but Falcons junior Sydney Jolliffe found the ball before the goalie and scored.
"I did like a split, going down to stop the ball, but I lost sight of it and dove," Johnson said. "But Severna Park's player made a good play."
Severna Park coach Anne Andrews said she has still not seen her team's best performance.
"We've always got one player or another who is off her game," Andrews said. "Before this season's over I'd like to see one game, win or lose, in which everyone is at their best."
The Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association's field hockey tournament begins Tuesday. South River and Severna Park are among the teams that will have first-round byes and begin play Oct. 25.
"This year we've been playing really well," Johnson said. "Coach [Katie Corcoran] told us not to beat ourselves up about this game, but it was Severna Park and we wanted to win and go undefeated."