Old Mill has a lot to learn about welcoming back its beloved alumni.
At least, those who return as rival soccer coaches.
Former Old Mill goalie Diane Gentile brought her Eleanor Roosevelt girls soccer team to Bob Goliday Memorial Field yesterday for the Class 4A/3A Region II finals.
She departed hours later with her second loss of the season -- both coming against the Patriots.
Seniorforward Terri Bogle had two goals and two assists, leading top-seeded Old Mill past second-seeded Roosevelt, 4-0, and giving Coach Bruce Sponsler his fourth region title.
And giving Gentile, a Glen Burnie resident, another soccer failure against her alma mater.
"They do it with hustle, heart and experience. That's how they've beaten my team," said Gentile, whose Raiders lost to Old Mill, 5-1, last month.
Old Mill (14-0) is assured the No. 1 seeding in next Saturday's 4A/3A state semifinal at Glen Burnie. The finals are slated for the following Saturday at Arundel.
As coach of the Raiders' track team -- a position she relinquished after last season -- Gentile tied Old Mill's Ron Evans for the 4A state championship last spring.
"In my three years as track coach, I only lost to Old Mill once, and I tied them once," said Gentile, a Patriots goalie from 1981-1984 who also played basketball and lacrosse.
"I was kind of hoping to do the same thing with the soccer team."
Not on this night; not with the Patriots on such a roll.
The first goal came quickly. Bogle (12 goals) sent a crossing pass to senior Teri Lee, whose header eluded Roosevelt keeper Melissa Jesse at 4 minutes, 52 seconds.
Lee narrowly missed a goal seconds earlier when sophomore Michelle Salmon, who was closely marked the entire game, set up her teammate for another header. Though Lee's shot got behind Jesse, the junior keeper ran down the ball.
Jesse, who had 13 saves in the first half and 31 for the game, couldn't prevent another Patriots goal at 26:29.
Salmon was stopped on two consecutive shots, but Bogle rebounded the second miss and scored to give Old Mill a 2-0 lead.
The Patriots continued to pressure Jesse, barely coming up empty on four shots in the last few minutes.
Bogle added another goal at 23:09 of the second half, then assisted Salmon at 29:13.
Old Mill outshot Roosevelt, 17-4, in thefirst half, and 42-9 for the game.
Despite the loss, Gentile saidreturning to Old Mill was "exciting because I'm with my peers."
"My coaches are now considered my peers, and this is my way of saying 'Thank you for teaching me so well.' "