7th-ranked South River dominates Broadneck; Seahawks win meeting of county unbeatens, 2-0; Girls soccer


This time, the South River girls soccer team would not have to endure a scare by an unranked Broadneck squad.

In a rematch between undefeated county rivals, the seventh-ranked Seahawks scored a goal in each half and smothered the host Bruins, 2-0, last night.

South River improved to 8-0 in the county and 9-1 overall, while Broadneck dropped to 7-1 in the county and 7-3 overall.

Less than a month ago at the Pioneer Shootout, South River watched Broadneck cut a 3-0 lead to 3-2 in a 17-second span of the second half before winning, 4-2.

Last night, Seahawks junior forward Kelli Hogan and senior midfielder Brooke Belka scored goals, and a defensive unit anchored by seniors Jessica Beard and Abby Johnson and junior Lauren Mckeever shut out the Bruins.

"We knew what they could do," said senior goalkeeper Erin Johnson, who had 18 saves. "They came back and put up a fight last time. We knew what we had to do."

Added South River coach Tucker Schrumm: "This was a big game because it kept us undefeated [in the county]. One team had to go away with a loss."

The Seahawks dominated the first half with a 3-1 edge in corner kicks and by forcing Broadneck sophomore goalie Lori Southard to make eight saves in the game's first 40 minutes.

With 7: 46 gone in the first half, Mckeever was awarded a free kick from about 30 yards away. Mckeever sent the ball over the defense to a sprinting Hogan, who timed her header perfectly into the left corner for a 1-0 lead.

The Seahawks struck early in the second half. Forward Lindsey Roche's free kick from about 35 yards away was headed by midfielder Brooke Belka.

Southard appeared to touch the ball, but it squibbed over the goal line to give South River a 2-0 lead with 8: 41 gone.

Although forced to play without senior halfback Meg McFall (fractured fibula) and senior forward Bryn Weller (fractured ankle), Broadneck coach Jennifer Sweeney said her team could not repeat last month's performance against the Seahawks.

"We did not gel as a team," Sweeney said. "We didn't shoot as often as we would have liked to, the ball didn't go to the forwards as much as we would have liked."

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