No. 3 Oakland Mills won its third straight Howard County League game yesterday, edging No. 8 Atholton, 1-0.
The Scorpions won despite an excellent effort by Atholton goalie Kori Hunter, who made 12 saves.
Oakland Mills (7-2, 3-1) dominated the first half, outshooting Atholton, 10-1.
Lopaka Trout scored the game-winning goal in the 32nd minute off an assist from Mike Fitzgibbon. Trout's flying kick from 3 yards out sent the ball inside the far post to Hunter's right.
"When it [Fitzgibbon's pass] just got over the last defender's head, I was all alone," Trout said. "Their goalie was really good, but didn't have a chance. He did touch it, though." It was Trout's sixth goal this year.
Atholton (7-2, 2-2) rallied in the second half when its offense came to life with five shots, but the Raiders failed on their few good chances. The Scorpions shut down Howard County's leading scorer, Tony Dedmond (eight goals).
"Their outside midfield killed us in the first half," Atholton coach Reg Hahne said, "and we didn't cover the outside post on their score. But I'm pleased. We continue to play well against good teams."
Scorpions coach Don Shea said his team is struggling to make the playoffs in Class 3A, Region 1, and that's why he pulled his best player, midfielder Clint Peay, back to sweeper with 18 minutes remaining.
"I could see Hunter wasn't going to be beaten again, and I kept seeing us getting tied, 1-1, because we tried too hard for a second goal," Shea said. "So I just decided to pull Peay back."
In other games: Dom Apollon scored the second of his two goals with 17 minutes remaining in the game, leading No. 9 McDonogh (12-0, 7-0) to a 3-2 victory over visiting Boys' Latin (8-2, 5-2) in a Maryland Scholastic Association A Conference Division I game. The triumph allowed McDonogh to retain sole possession of first place in the division. Josh Hantman added a goal and an assist for McDonogh.
Visiting Archbishop Curley (5-3-1, 5-1-1) and John Carroll (6-3-2, 3-3-2) played to a 1-1 tie in another important MSA A Conference Division I game. The Friars gained sole possession of second place in the division.
Eric Tischer scored two goals, and Todd Downen, Roger Stott and Robert Blanco each scored one, pacing No. 2 Centennial (8-0-1, 3-0-1) to a 5-0 victory over visiting Hammond (3-4-1, 1-3) in a Howard County League game.
Mike Hoskins, Shawn Moyer and Jody Haislip each scored a goal to lead No. 4 North County (9-0) to a 3-0 victory over host Queen Anne's (3-5).
Bryan Bugarin scored two goals to help No. 7 Calvert Hall (7-3-1, 6-0-1) earn a 6-0 triumph over St. Paul's in an MSA A Conference Division II game.
Andrew Swentzel and Andrew Gilbert each scored a goal, as host Joppatowne (4-3-2, 1-3-1) surprised C. Milton Wright (4-3, 2-1), 2-1, in a Harford County League game.
In another Harford County League contest, Mike Eaves scored 8 minutes, 58 seconds into the second overtime to lift visiting Bel Air (3-5, 2-2) to a 2-1 triumph over Havre de Grace (4-4-1, 2-3-1).