Oak. Mills races past Towson

November 05, 1992|By Marc Bouchard | Marc Bouchard,Contributing Writer

In Oakland Mills' win over Towson in the second game of the season, the Scorpions used a short-touch passing game to control the ball.

In yesterday's 3-1 win over the Generals (10-3) in the Class 2A, Region II state semifinals, Oakland Mills (9-2-3) served the ball deep into Towson's end and let its front-line speed do the rest.

The 11th-ranked Scorpions advance to the regional final, where they will face No. 10 Overlea, a 1-0 winner over Hereford, on Saturday at Dundalk Community College at 5 p.m.

Towson coach Paul Becker attempted to counter the short-touch game used by Oakland Mills in the teams' first meeting (a 2-0 Scorpions win) by taking a player off the front line and putting in four midfielders.

But the Scorpions adjusted to the switch, dumping the ball into Towson's end and allowing speedy forwards Ted Lawler (two goals, one assist) and Marcus Holmes (one goal, one assist) to outrun the defense.

Second seed Towson, which won the Class 2A state title last year, took the lead 1:40 into the game, when Ian Wildey scored off an assist by Allen Lee.

Third seed Oakland Mills tied the game 16:33 later when Holmes sent a crossing pass to Lawler, whose shot to the right side of the goal beat Towson goalie Rob Schwietzer.

Second-half goals by Holmes and Lawler three minutes apart secured the victory.

"[The speed advantage] started showing up with about 15 minutes left in the first half," said Oakland Mills coach Don Shea. "I told [the players] at halftime that [Towson] was just defying them to run past them."

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