Two second-half defensive mistakes inside the box about 10 minutes apart enabled No. 3 Chesapeake to defeat No. 13 South River, 3-1, in Lake Shore last night.
Despite the day's persistent rainfall, Rhodes Stadium field was in excellent condition.
Ryan Frommelt's penalty kick with about 20 minutes left and a direct kick from Rich Kuhn with just under 10 minutes remaining provided the host Cougars with the margin of victory.
Dominating the first half (10 shots to four) Chesapeake held a 1-0 advantage on an unassisted goal by Jeff Powell. The Seahawks tied it at 1-1, 11:22 into the second half as Bob Davis assisted Kevin McLellan.
The victory left the Class 4A Cougars (8-0) as the only undefeated boys soccer team in the county with the 2A Seahawks slipping to 7-1.
"We're 8-0, let's leave it at that," said Chesapeake coach Earl Eckhardt when asked if the result clearly proved he has the best team in Anne Arundel County.
"Let our record speak for itself. We will meet some of these teams again and I don't want to give them something to put up on their bulletin board."
The Cougars played most of the first half at South River's end, pelting junior keeper Wes Wormwood with a barrage of shots and keeping the pressure on. Powell's goal came on a rebound off the diving Wormwood's right hand.
Several minutes later, the Cougars nearly had an encore just missing a score off another swat by Wormwood.
The Seahawks goalie made a spectacular diving save on a Frommelt shot with about eight minutes left in the first half and finished with six saves, and 11 for the game.
There wasn't much Wormwood could do after Chris Case tripped up Frommelt to set up a penalty kick.
Frommelt, who Eckhardt described as "an incredible athlete," delivered a soft kick into the left corner a couple feet to the right of the outstretched South River goalie.
"Ryan [Frommelt] really puts the pressure on the other team and his confidence is coming back," said Eckhardt. "He felt a lot of pressure early in the season thinking he had to carry the team, but he realizes now that he has help."
It was Frommelt's fifth goal of the season. An All-County pick as a junior with 11 goals and six assists, he led the Cougars to the state semifinals and a 14-3-1 record last fall.
The referees ruled a dangerous kick on South River and Chris Collins assisted Kuhn on his 10th goal of the season on the 5-yard direct kick.
Chesapeake outshot South River, 17-8, for the game and Cougars' goalie Phil Demske was only called on to make five saves.
Eckhardt was more than pleased with his defense especially the play of junior fullbacks Saul Pollack, Randy Findley and Ryan Blackiston.
"We have a group of tenacious juniors and Ryan did a great job on [Dave] Summey," said Eckhardt, referring to South River's senior scoring threat.