Bowie of Prince George's County upset No. 1 Oakland Mills in boys soccer yesterday, 2-0.
Oakland Mills (2-1) was missing three starting players who had been suspended for breaking a school regulation and a fourth starter who broke his foot in Friday's game against Calvert Hall.
The host Scorpions fell behind, 1-0, at the 8-minute, 15-second mark on a tap-in from six yards out by Todd Hicks. The goal was set up by Ted Briles' crossing pass that goalie Tony Richmond dropped.
Oakland Mills missed several good scoring opportunities, including a shot by Clint Peay that hit the post shortly after Briles' goal.
Bowie (1-0) scored again with four minutes left to play, when Seth Brannon took a pass from Greg Zweibel and booted it past a diving Richmond inside the 10-yard line.
Bowie outshot Oakland Mills, 15-9, and took advantage of a Scorpions defensive weakness created because two key defenders were suspended.
"We knew their left side was weak because they were missing some people, and we tried to attack it," Bowie coach Rich Kirkland said. "And they were pushing their midfielders hard up into the attack, leaving a gap in the middle of the field, and we were looking for a play-and-go from there. That's how we got the second goal."
The three players suspended for Oakland Mills were sweeper Ryan Burke, left fullback Dan Bickell and forward Mike Fitzgibbon, all seniors. The injured player was midfielder Malcolm Gilliam.
"I thought we played well, except for two plays by our goalie," Scorpions coach Don Shea said.
Shea seemed upset by the suspensions and the disruption they caused.
"But life goes on," he said. "They did a dumb thing and have to be disciplined for it. We had a soccer program before that happened, and there is still a soccer program."
Shea said he had been informed that the suspensions would last for 30 days.