Oakland Mills wins playoff, 7-0 Girls soccer

November 04, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Before the game began, everything pointed toward a lopsided Oakland Mills victory over visiting Northeast in a Class 1A/2A, Region I girls soccer semifinal. So when the game ended, the 7-0 score was no surprise.

Oakland Mills (11-1), ranked seventh, was coming off a big win over top-ranked and previously unbeaten Hammond on Friday. The Scorpions had five shutouts and had allowed only nine goals -- four of those against second-ranked Centennial -- a game in which Oakland Mills rested four injured players.

Northeast (4-7-1), in addition to having won only four games, was starting nine freshmen and sophomores. Five times this season, Northeast had allowed five or more goals.

"Oakland Mills has a good team and we're very young, so I'm not JTC disappointed," Northeast coach Grafton Ray said. "This was a learning situation for us. We're just happy we made it this far. We'll be back with a vengeance."

Oakland Mills, with nine seniors, displayed superior speed and skills from the start.

Senior striker Tyann Blissett scored the first of her three goals in the seventh minute from 2 yards out.

Blissett, the team's leading scorer with 12 goals and 10 assists, nearly scored again in the 13th minute, as she broke free to go one-on-one with freshman Northeast goalkeeper Anna Otto. But Blissett's kick was too high.

Oakland Mills continued to pound away at Otto, who made several good saves. She stopped Blissett's hard shot in close in the 23rd minute. And Otto also saved a similar shot from junior striker Tricia Witte in the 28th minute.

Otto had the misfortune to drop a ball into the goal in the 30th minute, however. The play began with a corner kick. Oakland Mills'Kristi Avery took a shot on goal that it appeared Otto would catch. But she dropped it for a 2-0 Oakland Mills lead.

After that, Oakland Mills coach Nancy Shea made wholesale substitutions, and even moved three defensive players up to offense.

At halftime, the score was still 2-0. But the Scorpions had outshot Northeast, 15-4.

Oakland Mills scored twice early in the second half to ruin any hopes Northeast might have had.

Ginny Dye scored in the 41st minute, and Blissett scored on a breakaway in the 44th minute.

Witte got her 12th goal of the season in the 65th minute. She also had eight assists.

Laura Ellestad, who started the game at sweeper, made it 6-0 when she scored in the 77th minute off a breakaway.

And Blissett, who sat out a lot of the second half, came back for the last few minutes and scored her third goal from in close in the 79th minute.

Oakland Mills outshot Northeast, 29-5.

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