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South River is full of soccer surprises


The South River Seahawks are supposed to be from the other side of the boys soccer tracks in Anne Arundel County.

They were mostly an afterthought in preseason predictions, their coach (Greg Carroll) figured there were at least four stronger teams in the county and no one knew where the goals would come from.

So what did the Seahawks do?

They went out and surprised Arundel, 1-0, in the season opener, racked up six more wins in a row for a 7-0 start, gave always-powerful Severna Park a tough fight before losing, 3-2, and upset Broadneck, 2-1, last Thursday.

Six of the first seven wins came against county opposition, leaving South River (8-2 overall) locked in a tight battle with Severna Park and Broadneck for the Southern Division championship.

The Seahawks and Falcons are tied for the Southern lead with 7-2 records and the Bruins are 6-3 with two league games to play.

South River winds up league play tonight against Annapolis at home at 7, and Severna Park completes its regular season against Southern tomorrow night at home at 7:30.

If South River and Severna Park win their last games, the Southern Division title would go to Severna Park because it beat South River.

The winner of the South will meet runaway Northern Division leader Chesapeake (second-ranked and off to 10-0 start) for the county title Tuesday at Arundel at 7 p.m.

No matter what happens this week, it's been a good run for the Seahawks and Carroll, their coach of 20 years. After all, this is a 2A school battling against mostly 4A and 3A opponents.

But South River has performed at a high level in almost all phases of the game, communicating well from the start of the season, finding some much-welcomed scoring punch from senior striker Dave Summey and junior forward Matt Redmiles, and getting a strong effort in the goal from junior Wes Wormwood.

Summey leads the team with six goals, and Redmiles has produced three goals and two assists.

The failure to score goals has often hurt South River in the past and was considered a problem again this season.

However, Summey has been getting some excellent feeds from senior midfielder Bob Davis and Redmiles has proven he knows how to find the net.

"Summey has had a lot of help from his teammates," said Carroll. "He is the closest man to the goal and has the most opportunities to score. He's been given some good balls by Davis and knows what to do with them. He's had some nice head balls for goals. Redmiles has a good left foot and is able to turn the ball inside for scores."

Wormwood, 6 feet 3, has virtually come out of nowhere to have an outstanding season in the goal.

He wasn't even mentioned in preseason talks about the team but made 15 saves last Thursday night in the big 2-1 victory over Broadneck.

Broadneck was one of the four teams that Carroll figured was better than South River going into the season. The others were Severna Park, Chesapeake and Arundel.

"Wes is tall, has a good wing span and moves his feet well," said Carroll. "And our defense has worked well in front of him. From day one, this team has surprised me with how much their communication has improved."

Wormwood made nine saves in the loss to Severna Park and he had 11 in a somewhat spectacular performance in a 3-1 setback to Chesapeake.

He had six saves in the first half against Chesapeake, swatting away one shot and making a diving save of a shot by Ryan Frommelt that was headed for the net. Those two key saves enabled South River to stay in the fight at halftime, down only 1-0.

Providing support for Wormwood in front of the goal have been seniors Chris Case, Eddie Hilton and John Rupp and sophomore Eric Mills.

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