The No. 7 South River girls soccer team may live up to the preseason hype after all.
One day after a disappointing effort in a season-opening defeat to top-ranked St. Mary's, the Seahawks rebounded in a big way to stun No. 3 McDonogh, 7-1, on the second day of the Seventh Annual Pioneer Shootout.
In the second game of a tripleheader at Anne Arundel Community College, South River scored four times in the opening 29 minutes and handed McDonogh coach Maurice Boylan his most lopsided loss in 12 years at the Owings Mills private school.
"We did everything right," said South River coach Keith Fontaine, whose team was dominated, 4-1, Wednesday by St. Mary's. "I really think this was something that we needed to do to get our confidence back. After yesterday, I think we were questioning ourselves. I feel embarrassed for my girls that they couldn't step it up yesterday, but it took yesterday to wake them up. We're awake now."
Senior midfielder Melissa Curry, sophomore forward Lea Erculiani, senior defender Liz Earle and sophomore midfielder Rachel Fry all registered a goal and an assist, as seven players scored for South River (1-1).
Sophomore forward Brittany Tegeler scored for the Eagles (0-1-1).
The Seahawks scored first in the 10th minute on a high shot by Curry from 20 yards, moved ahead 2-0 in the 17th minute when Brandi Sutphin converted a penalty kick and took a 3-0 lead in the 22nd minute when Earle knocked a perfect cross by Fry into an empty net. Tegeler scored her second of the season to bring the Eagles within 3-1 in the 28th minute, but Angie Rodano scored on a breakaway moments later.
South River poured it on in the second half with goals in the 52nd, 53rd and 55th minutes.
No. 2 River Hill 2, Arundel 0: The Hawks have an unconventional and dangerous weapon in senior midfielder Megan Buescher.
With the benefit of a 10-yard running start, Buescher can launch throw-ins into the middle of opposing teams' penalty boxes, giving the Hawks a corner kick-like opportunity when the ball goes out of bounds deep in an opponent's end.
Buescher's long throw-ins directly led two goals yesterday afternoon, as the Hawks (2-0) dominated the Wildcats (0-1-1).
"There are a lot of players that have a long throw-in, but she has a line-drive throw-in," River Hill coach Joan Kelso Smedley said. "It's not lofty. It's pretty tough to defend."
In two games, Buescher has four assists, all off throw-ins, and her tosses have been responsible for five of the Hawks' nine goals. Buescher did not get an assist on River Hill's first goal yesterday, but the chaos caused by it led to Kara Lewis's finish on the goal line in the 26th minute.
No. 1 St. Mary's 4, Broadneck 0: Senior forward Mary Key scored twice in a 27-second stretch to break open a one-goal game late, as the top-ranked Saints extended their unbeaten streak to 23 games.
Senior midfielder Alison Pancotti scored in the 19th minute to give St. Mary's (2-0) a 1-0 lead. Key's first goal in the 71st minute began a quick flurry, in which the Saints scored three times in four minutes.
It was the first game St. Mary's played without senior defender Meghan Ryan, who tore the anterior cruciate ligament in her left knee in Wednesday's season opener. Ryan is out for the season.