Who could blame the Severna Park girls soccer team for wanting to get its game in against county rival South River in all that rain last night?
The weary Seahawks were playing their fourth game in five days -- three of those coming against ranked opponents.
Severna Park junior striker Kerie Sample didn't have any sympathy.
The St. Mary's transfer scored two goals in the game's first six minutes and added her third in the second half as the No. 5 Falcons easily handled No. 9 South River, 5-0, at Severna Park.
South River first-year coach Fred Brocklander was quick to pass on declaring his team tired.
"We can't use that as an excuse. Severna Park has had a superb program for a long time. We just have lot of young kids right now and are just getting started," he said.
Sample got started quickly, getting by defender Lauren McKeever to win the left side, and then neatly tucking a shot to the far right pole in the game's first minute.
She then found the left post on a direct kick from 20 yards out for a 2-0 lead.
"That was a really good pick-up that gave us a lot of confidence in the beginning," said Sample, who now has five goals on the season. "You don't always have to have a lot of pace on shots, it's always more important to place the ball."
With Sample's early outburst, a typically tight game between the two teams wasn't last night. The Falcons (5-2) dominated, continually finding spaces to pass through in between South River defenders.
"We just controlled the ball, controlled every aspect of the game," said Severna Park coach Chuck Seivert. "The kids have really gelled. We played a good second half against John Carroll [a 1-0 loss Thursday], but couldn't finish. Tonight, we showed we can finish, and I think you'll see more of that."
South River's chance to get back in the game came with two minutes left until halftime when Terra Goswick hit a shot headed for the right corner, but senior goalie Kerry York made a diving save to turn it aside. The Seahawks fell to 4-3.
Right out of the break, freshman Shannon Hadaway followed up a shot from Sample to give the Falcons a 3-0 lead to leave no doubt. Sample added her third before Erin Dubina closed out the scoring with her first of the season.