Oakland Mills wins region, 1-0 Boys soccer

November 08, 1992|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Staff Writer

Tenth-ranked Oakland Mills (10-2-2) scored early and then held off an aggressive second-half Overlea attack to win the Class 2A, Region II boys soccer championship yesterday at Dundalk Community College, 1-0.

Junior striker Teddy Lawler headed in a goal off a corner kick by Brent Mascott in the 11th minute for the game's only goal. No. 12 Overlea (11-2-1) had recorded 10 shutouts.

Lance Burgess, who was marking Lawler, was injured on the play before the goal but stayed in the game.

"He [Burgess] probably should have come out of the game then," Overlea coach Doug Eisenhauer said. "Gary Kern, another back, also was injured early in the game, so after 11 minutes, we had to play the rest of the game minus two starting backs."

Overlea's Matt Tirschman almost tied it in the 20th minute on a direct kick, but Oakland Mills goalkeeper Jason Kranefeld made an outstanding save.

In the 25th minute, Oakland Mills Jay Holmes powered a header off the crossbar missing a goal by inches.

Top-seeded Overlea, outplayed in the first half, played much more aggressively in the second half and created several dangerous scoring opportunities.

It helped that the Falcons switched to a three-man front line of Jason Gabrish, Greg Stevenson and Jason Owens.

"Everyone told us to look out for Gabrish," Kranefeld said.

Third-seeded Oakland Mills also had scoring chances, but Overlea goalkeeper Andrew King made the most sensational play of the game in the 67th minute.

King punched out a corner kick that was headed in at one side of the goal and then raced to the other side and batted away a hard shot that also was headed into the net.

L "He [King] has been doing that all season," Eisenhauer said.

King made another fine stop at the 18-yard line in the 73rd minute, when Scorpions striker Marques Holmes had a breakaway.

Kranefeld, in what turned into a battle of dueling goalkeepers, came back with two outstanding saves in the 75th minute, stopping a hard shot by Tirschman and a follow-up.

Oakland Mills coach Don Shea thought his team should have put Overlea away in the first half. "The back post was open," he said.

The Scorpions had seven corners and 13 dangerous throw-ins for the game and outshot Overlea, 12-9.

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