McHargue saves Oakland Mills, 1-0

November 07, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Oakland Mills sophomore goalkeeper Lauren McHargue used every inch of her 6-foot-1 body to save six shots during shootout, as the seventh-ranked Scorpions defeated top-ranked Hammond, 1-0, to win the Class 2A-1A, Region I girls soccer title yesterday.

Oakland Mills (12-1-1) had defeated defending state champion Hammond (12-2) earlier this season, 1-0.

McHargue used every imaginable method to stop the shootout penalty kicks. She dived to stop one. She batted one up and over the crossbar. She caught one between her knees and she even sat on one.

The visiting Scorpions outscored county co-champion Hammond 4-2 during the shootout, as McHargue, Tricia Witte, Kristi Avery and Courtney Pierce converted on their penalty kicks.

Hammond's three star players, Samantha Andersch, Kacy Williams and Kisha Jett took the Bears first three shots, and McHargue made saves on all three.

"I was praying the whole time," McHargue said.

"I was coached not to guess where the shots were going, but to wait until they were kicked and then react."

Oakland Mills coach Nancy Shea said: "We had a lot of seniors who really wanted to win this game. I thought we would have the advantage if the game came down to penalty kicks."

The Scorpions started eight seniors, and Hammond started three.

Sweeper Laura Ellestad led an aggressive Oakland defense that shut down Hammond's leading scorer, Kisha Jett (23 goals). It was only the third time Jett has failed to score this season.

Ellestad and fullbacks Mandy Kolste, Kristin Miller and Jenny Arbogast packed back toward the goal and protected it with long clearing kicks. It was Oakland Mills' seventh shutout.

"They [Hammond] tried to push [sweeper] Kacy Williams up into the offense much more than the first time we played them," Ellestad said. "And they also concentrated on keeping their shots low because Lauren [McHargue] is tall."

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