Three weeks ago, after a disappointing 1-0 loss to No. 1 Severna Park, South River coach Katie Corcoran said that if her young and inexperienced team “would have played a better game,” they could have beaten the Falcons in that big game.
On Thursday night, the No. 6 Seahawks couldn’t have played a better game, shutting out the visiting Broadneck, 1-0, in Edgewater in another huge contest in Anne Arundel County.
“We’re gelling and our defense is playing solid,” said Corcoran of the difference she sees in her team since that early loss. “We’re connecting on our passes and I just think the momentum has continued to rise as the season has gone on.”
She added: “We knew to keep the pressure on until the game was over because we knew they could come back from being down. I think in the last couple of minutes we were getting tired and we really had to make sure that we kept it on the offensive side.”
With 22:29 left in the game, the Seahawks finally broke through with a goal. Bruins goalie Jenna Tribull (six saves) turned away back-to-back shots, one by Heather Homick and another by Abbey Lawrence, with kick saves before Homick fired the loose ball into the goal. (Click here for video clip of play)
“There were so many people going after the ball,” said Homick, “I just kept pushing at it until it was in the goal cage. I knew we had to score and you just have to finish to win games.”
Having learned from that battle with Severna Park, the Seahawks (8-1 overall, 5-1 league) defense put the pressure on Broadneck early and never let up. The Bruins offense had possession of the ball inside of the circle only a handful of times and when they got there, keeper Shannon Flanagan (four saves) turned them away.
“I think [the loss to Severna Park] fueled our fire,” said Homick. “We knew that we had to come back and win this game to have a good run in the post season. We knew Broadneck lost [this week] and they were going to come out strong so we had to come out stronger.”
The Bruins (8-2, 5-2) suffered another heartbreaking loss on Monday to Severna Park. Trailing 2-0, Broadneck fought back to tie the score and force overtime but the Falcons scored with a minute remaining in double overtime to win.
“This game was a lot different from Monday,” said Broadneck coach Jen Parks. “On Monday, we fought and tonight I felt like we didn’t really fight or play our game.”
“We always say that it’s going to come down to one goal between these two teams and tonight, again, South River got that goal,” said added. “I think South River got that goal because they played with the intensity and passion that they needed to.”
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|No. 6 South River 1, No. 3 Broadneck 0|
Broadneck-Tribull 6; South River-Flanagan 4.