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.