Malcolm Gillian scored in the sixth minute of overtime as No. 2 Oakland Mills (11-2) defeated top-ranked Howard (11-1-1) last night in the Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic
Association Region I, Class 3A semifinal, 1-0.
Gillian's 10th goal of the year came on a side-winding, right-footed kick from the 10-yard line off an assist from Sean Wray.
"Wray backheaded the ball at the far post to me at the near post, and I got it on one bounce," Gillian said. "We had been looking for the near post backheader all night and finally got it."
The play started with a throw-in from Wallace Chandler, one of at least a dozen such throw-ins that Oakland Mills made.
"The whole game in Howard County comes down to throw-ins and corners," Oakland Mills coach Don Shea said. "We knew sooner or later one of them was going in."
Howard goalie Joe Wilson was caught on the far side and had no chance on the play.
"I think Wilson played the game of his life," Howard coach Rudy Storch said. "These were the two best teams in the state, and both teams played tough. It's a shame we had to meet so early."
Oakland Mills pressured Howard and Wilson in the first half, but he responded with six saves.
The best shot of the half, however, was by Howard's Chris Smith off a direct kick stopped by Oakland Mills goalie Tony Dedmond's push save.
Early in the second half, Oakland Mills' Lopaka Trout broke loose inside the 15-yard line, but Ryan Hudson made a kick save from behind.
Howard gained the offensive momentum in the first 22 minutes of the second half, and Dedmond made five saves during that time.