South River's field hockey triumph long time coming


When you picked up your morning newspaper yesterday, you read correctly - field hockey: No. 8 South River 3, No. 1 Severna Park 2.

It had been 11 seasons since a public school from Anne Arundel defeated constant power Severna Park and, ironically, South River coach Laura Gerrior was on the 1989 Broadneck team that accomplished the feat.

Or was it ironic?

Perhaps the biggest obstacle year in and year out against Severna Park comes before the game even starts - believing.

Gerrior, who has made monumental strides with the South River program in her four years, has first-hand experience that beating the powerful Falcons can be done.

"I just told them, 'You need to come in and know you can beat this team'," said Gerrior, whose Seahawks are now 5-1 on the season.

After pushing eventual Class 3A state champion Fallston to penalty strokes in last year's region final, the Seahawks took another giant step forward on Tuesday toward reaching their ultimate goal.

Bottom line: The Falcons, winners of 12 Class 4A state titles, just may have some county company when all the classifications gather for state play at Goucher College in November.

First things first: "We have to keep on winning and to do that, we have to prepare for every other team like we did against Severna Park," said Gerrior.

Working overtime

While the field hockey team was understandably getting all the headlines, the South River boys soccer team enjoyed a solid win of its own - claiming a 2-1 overtime win at No. 15 Severna Park on Tuesday.

Senior midfielder Emerson Martin-Silva took a square ball from Tim Sheleheda and finished from 15 yards out to provide the winner five minutes into the extra time.

After a season-opening loss to No. 4 Chesapeake, the Seahawks have won three straight.

High ranking meeting

The St. Mary's girls will continue their rivalry with McDonogh in a pivotal Interscholastic Athletic Association of Maryland's A Conference match today in Owings Mills. Game time is 5 p.m.

The game was shaping up to be No. 1 vs. No. 2 until River Hill took the top spot away from the Saints with a 1-0 win in the Pioneer Tournament at Anne Arundel Community College over the weekend.

The Saints (4-1) come into play now ranked third while McDonogh (6-0-1) maintained its No. 2 status by capturing the Nashville Tournament with three impressive wins in Tennessee.

The National Soccer Coaches Association of America's rankings came out this week with McDonogh coming in at No. 6 and St. Mary's coming in at No. 25 in the country.

In a classic overtime game in last year's conference semifinal, McDonogh outlasted St. Mary's, 3-2, in a game that took two days to complete due to darkness.

"We've had a lot of battles over the years. McDonogh is an excellent team that's always well prepared," said St. Mary's coach Jerry Tobin. "We have to control the midfield and somehow find a way to shut down Ali Andrzejewski and Jeannetta McGettigan. They are two blue-chip, caliber players and we don't have the game-breaker player right now."

The Saints, coming off a 6-0 win over Northern-Calvert, are led by senior Melissa Anderson, who now has seven goals and four assists on the season.

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