South River's inaugural appearance in the Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship game (7:15 p.m. Tuesday) won't be routine as it is for No. 14-ranked Chesapeake, but it will be home sweet home.
South River's Joe Papetti Field in Edgewater was deemed the designated site for the county boys and girls soccer championships before the start of the season.
No. 6 Arundel (12-2) and No. 4 Severna Park (11-2-1) play for the girls title at 5:15 p.m., followed by the Chesapeake and South River boys.
Chesapeake (9-1-2) is making its fifth straight appearance, and seventh overall, in the final. The only year the Cougars missed was 1996, with Broadneck edging Glen Burnie, 1-0, for the title.
The Cougars have won it three times, the last in 1999 when they beat Severna Park, 3-1. They were co-champs with the latter in the 1994 inaugural that ended 3-3 after double overtime.
Led by seniors Jamie Bowerman (five goals, four assists), Evan Carter (two, seven) and Mike Shepley (four, three), the Cougars hope to give coach Earl Eckhardt a county championship sendoff at least, not to mention playoff possibilities.
Eckhardt announced early in the season that he was retiring after this, his 16th, season in Lake Shore.
South River's 25-year coach, Greg Carroll, has not said anything about retirement as he seeks his first county championship victory. The defense, led by junior Scott Forney and senior keeper Craig Bald, has been the Seahawks' calling card all season.
Offensively, South River is led by senior Paul Miller (six, four), sophomore Zack Davis (five, two) and senior Tim Sheleheda (three, two), the man who sets the table.
Severna Park's boys soccer team has forfeited its win over Northeast (3-11). The Falcons' record has been adjusted to 8-5-1 because one of coach Don Gregg's players played in both the JV and varsity games on the same day. ... The county's four ranked football teams, No. 2 Annapolis, No. 5 Broadneck, No. 9 Old Mill and No. 10 Meade are 6-1 each after this weekend's action. ... Glen Burnie (4-3) had hoped to add interest in the county standings before bowing to Broadneck, 28-21, yesterday. ... Northeast (4-3) had gone 11 consecutive periods without scoring before Wilson Russell caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from Chad Alvey in the fourth period of a 46-6 loss to No. 2 Annapolis on Friday. The Eagles had last scored in the final period of a 30-6 win over Queen Anne's that ran the Eagles' record to 4-0. ... Arundel (2-5) outlasted North County (1-6) with a 55-32 victory Friday as the two teams combined for a county-record 1,157 yards of total offense.
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