Oakland Mills, Howard, Centennial and Atholton dominate the selections in The Howard County Sun's 1990 All-County Boys Soccer Team.
Oakland Mills, the state Class 3A champion with a 14-2 record, placed three players on the first team and three on the second team.
Howard, the county champion for the second straight year with an 11-1-1 record, placed four players on the first team and one on the second team.
Centennial, compiling an 11-2-1 record with the toughest schedule in the county, placed two players on the first team and two on the second team.
And Atholton, winning its first state title with the state Class 2A championship, placed two players on the first team and three on the second team.
Oakland Mills' dynamic duo of Clint Peay and Malcolm Gillian are Co-Players of the Year, and Atholton's Reg Hahne is Coach of the Year.
Players of the year
Fifteen times in 10 different games Clint Peay and Malcolm Gillian teamed up to score goals. That output represented 27 percent of Oakland Mills' total of 55 goals.
Five times, including both state playoff games against South River and Franklin, the two teamed up on two goals, with one supplying the assist and one scoring.
"It was the two of them together who dominated and ran everything," Oakland Mills coach Don Shea said. "You can't really separate them."
Heading into the season, Peay was destined to be a star. He was the only junior selected to The Howard County Sun's All-County first team last year.
"Clint's role was to lead us to the state championship, and he did that," Shea said.
Peay is one of the state's two All-Americans, as selected by the Maryland Association of Coaches of Soccer; the group also selected him for All-South and All-State honors.
He scored 11 goals and had nine assists playing center-midfield. He can do it all. Score. Distribute the ball. Play defense. Act as a decoy.
Peay often looked like a Mercedes cruising among Ford Escorts. Like the great players do, he made everything look easy. And he was always a target for opposing players, always a worry for opposing coaches.
Perhaps Peay's greatest asset was his ability to remain calm in the face of adversity. It was in many ways a difficult year for Oakland Mills, with three starters suspended 15 days for drinking beer at a school dance, and with Gillian missing two games with a broken foot. Gillian's injury coincided with the suspensions.
Through that tough period Peay held things together and was forced into an even greater leadership role.
If one is looking for a storybook player who had a simply sensational season, it has to be Gillian.
He started the season at midfield, and through the first four games that he played he had six assists but no goals. Then he missed two games with the broken foot.
In the last 15 minutes of a 3-2 loss to Howard, he moved to forward. The Scorpions, however, failed to get him the ball.
In the next game, against Hammond, he began a scoring rampage that brought back memories of Todd Haskins' record-breaking season for Howard last year. Haskins, who played for the University of North Carolina this year, scored 31 goals then.
Gillian scored 18 goals in Oakland Mills' last 10 games. In the Hammond match, he performed a hat trick (three goals), and he scored all four goals in a 4-0 state semifinal win over South River. He scored a hat trick in the state final against Franklin.
In the regional and state playoffs, Gillian scored nine of the team's 12 goals and assisted on two.
Gillian had the game-winning goal six times, including both goals in Oakland Mills' 1-0 wins over Howard and Centennial in the regional playoffs.
"I always knew Gillian was a striker, but at the start of the season we looked more dangerous with Clint and Malcolm at midfield, because traditionally in Howard County the strikers are decoys," Shea said. "They get marked up, and the midfielders do the scoring. But after we lost our focus because of the drinking incident, I just thought Gillian could score more at forward."
Gillian, who had nine assists to go with his 18 goals, was a first-team all-state selection by MACS.
Coach of the year
Reg Hahne, 37, grew up in Sydney, Australia, where he played goalkeeper for the state traveling team and was paid to play for a year at age 16.
He was also an accomplished water polo player and came close to reaching the Olympic level.
But in 1978, after teaching for three years in Australia, he married an American woman and moved to the United States.
His first teaching job was at Oakland Mills Middle School in 1980, and he was an assistant coach with Al Goldstein, a Scorpion soccer coaching legend, from 1980 to 1984. In 1985 he began teaching math and computer science at Atholton High and coaching varsity soccer at Wilde Lake.
In four seasons at Wilde Lake, his teams compiled a 32-16-2 record and made the regional playoffs in 1985 and 1987, losing first-round games to Centennial and Oakland Mills.