No. 2 Oakland Mills takes title, 1-0 No. 3 Centennial loses on early goal

November 04, 1990|By Rick Belz

Malcolm Gillian's goal in the 11th minute was the margin of victory, as No. 2 Oakland Mills edged No. 3 Centennial, 1-0, to win the Class 3A, Region I, Maryland Public Secondary Schools Athletic Association soccer championship at Howard High last night.

A standing-room-only crowd of 2,500 witnessed a tightly contested, grinding defensive game. It was the 10th shutout this season for Oakland Mills (12-2).

Centennial (11-2-1) tried to intimidate first-year Oakland Mills goalie Tony Richmond by crowding him with two defenders each time he punted, hoping he might make a bad kick. But it didn't happen.

"Stara [Centennial coach Bill Stara] definitely made me a target, and he got me upset by putting two defenders on me when I punted," Richmond said. "I didn't know what to do. I was afraid to punt."

Gillian's winning goal came from 10 yards, as he settled a loose ball and shot it to the right of goalie John Bratiotis into the lower corner.

It was Gillian's fifth game-winning goal of the season.

"I thought we'd score more goals," Gillian said. "But they defended us really well, and played a lot tougher game than the first time we met."

Stara said: "We gave it a good shot."

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