Even the best high school soccer team in the area can't play up to expectations when four starters are missing.
Oakland Mills found that out yesterday. With three senior starters -- Ryan Burke, Dan Bickell and Mike Fitzgibbon -- sidelined for disciplinary reasons and ace midfielder Mal Gilliam out with injury, the Scorpions couldn't match goals with Bowie's Bulldogs and the No. 1-ranked team fell, 2-0.
Todd Hicks and Seth Brannon scored for the winners, who allowed Oakland Mills just nine shots. Goalie Blake Hunter only had to make two saves.