The team with the most potent offense lost yesterday's Old Mill-South River boys soccer matchup.

The host Patriots (ranked 20th in themetro area) outshot the 16th-ranked Seahawks, 43-22, and held a 7-2 corner-kick advantage.

The quantity of shots taken would please just about any coach. But it was the quality of shots that made Old Mill coach Don Hobbs continually grimace in frustration.

South River, the defending 3A Region IV champs, stunned the Patriots with two first-half goals in the space of 10 minutes, then held their opponents at bay to capture a 2-0win.

"We may have outshot them, but we just didn't take good shots," said Hobbs, whose team fell to 1-1 with the loss.

"We would move the ball upfield into scoring position, and we just couldn't finish them. We have got to find someone willing to put the ball in the goal."

After suffering a 2-1 loss to North County on Tuesday, South River (1-1) was more than willing to make the most of its opportunities.

At 20 minutes, 34 seconds of the first half, striker Thomy White benefited from teammate Chris Asher's long indirect kick, knifing his way in between two defenders to poke the loose ball past goalkeeper Brian Layman.

With 10 minutes left in the half, Jaime Trimmer collected another loose ball in front of the Old Mill goal. Trimmer waited for Layman to commit himself, then angled a right-footed shot into the left corner of the net.

"To tell you the truth, I'm pretty pleased to score two goals on Old Mill; I have a lot of respect for their program," said Seahawk mentor Greg Carroll.

"I think we were just a bit more aggressive to the ball than they were, but it wasn't a rough kind of aggressiveness. We did it with a lot of intelligence."

The 20-year coaching veteran lauded the play of his entire team,with extra praise heaped upon strikers Trimmer, White and Neil Smith.

"The whole front line played an excellent game. It was like after Tuesday's game, they just decided to go out there and get the job done," Carroll said.

"My fullbacks also played very well, considering that they weren't getting any help from the outside halfbacks during the first half.

"(Goalie) Kevin Collison had a lot better game than last year, when they (Old Mill) scored from midfield on him. This time, he was on his toes before they pushed the ball over midfield."

Collison finished the game with 11 saves, as did Layman.

The Patriots suffered a blow less than three minutes in the contest when senior defender Brian Kelly received a gash on the side of his head that required stitches.

Late in the second half, junior defender Scott O'Rourk suffered a bruised right thigh while making a sliding tackle.

"It seemed like when Brian went down, the kids acted like they couldn't go on without him," said Hobbs.

"It was a big blow to our momentum," Hobbs said.

"That, plus the fact that we came out flat because of our win against Queen Anne's (a 7-1 decision on Monday)just did us in. Looks like we have to go back to the drawing board."

Old Mill squandered its best scoring chances during the first half.

Five minutes into the game, Knight directed a pass through the South River defense to Donny Yost.

Yost's one-on-one attempt against Collison failed when the senior net-minder made a sliding save.

And just before the end of the half, David Gray's header attempt offof a Yost corner kick sailed inches above the crossbar.

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