Sol lifts South River over Chesapeake in 2nd OT


If there's one thing South River boys soccer coach Greg Carroll has preached over the years - time and time again - it's shoot the ball.

So there was sophomore midfielder Matt Sol, finding time and space from out wide and letting one go from 20 yards.

The shot came with 3:42 left in the second 10-minute overtime period last night at Chesapeake, and it found the far panel, providing the No. 6 Seahawks with a 1-0 overtime win over the Cougars.

"Chesapeake always has a nice team," said Carroll. "It's always tight, so it was a nice win. We just couldn't finish. Finally, the left midfielder ... just had a good shot."

South River improved to 3-1-1 on the season while Chesapeake, finding the early part of the schedule tough, fell to 0-3.

Defense dominated the first 96 minutes of play.

South River senior sweeper Scott Forney cleaned up everything that came his way. Chesapeake defender Steve Philipp cleared a potential goal off the line in the first overtime, and Cougars' sophomore goalkeeper Cody Kepner, making his first varsity start, came up with diving saves on two more South River chances.

Finally, Sol was at the right place at the right time with an errant clear deflecting his way.

"The ball just ended up right there. I had a shot and found the far post. We played well. It just took a long time for us to finish," said Sol.

Scoring chances were limited for both teams in a first half that was mostly played at midfield. The first shot on goal didn't come until the 19th minute, a quick turn from South River's T.C. Yarnell from 12 yards that was easily handled by Kepner.

The second half was just as quiet aside from a stellar diving save from Kepner off a shot by Taylor Ailshire, also from about 12 yards.

Buildups from the Cougars were often disrupted by the Seahawks' back line of Forney, Yarnell and Charlie Emerson. Seahawks keeper Steve Ridgeway only had to make three saves.

"We just didn't have any breakdowns," said Forney. "Everybody played strong together as a team, and that's how you win games. I was just hoping one of our strikers would score so we could get out of here. But these long games with all the hard work are the best ones to win."

After Kepner made another diving save on a shot by Zack Davis in the first overtime period, it appeared to be a night entirely for the defense, but Sol quickly changed that with time running out.

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