Patience paid off for No. 3 Oakland Mills yesterday.
Ginny Dye knocked in a pass from Tricia Witte with 3:42 left in the second sudden-death overtime to give Oakland Mills a 1-0 victory over No. 11 Loch Raven in the Class 2A-1A girls soccer title game at Arundel High School.
Witte dribbled down the left side of the field and lost her defender to start the game-winning play. She turned and found Dye with a perfect pass.
Dye, heading toward the goal, punched it in with her knee to give Oakland Mills (14-1-1) its first state title. The Scorpions were finalists two years ago.
"Tricia just went down to the end line and dropped it back," said Dye. "I just stuck my leg out and hoped it went in."
Witte said she almost ran out of gas in the second overtime. After nearly 97 minutes of soccer, she was beat.
Still, she had enough to help set up a championship for Oakland Mills.
"I had no energy," said Witte. "I dribbled one way, I dribbled another way. I saw Ginny right in front of the goal and [passed]."
The shot beat Loch Raven goalie Becky Sutton, who was a big reason the game went into two overtimes.
Time after time, Sutton made an acrobatic save to rob the Scorpions. But there was little chance on the game-winner.
"There was nothing I could do," said Sutton, who finished with 11 saves. "[Dye] was right there."
Loch Raven (11-4) stayed in the game thanks to Sutton and strong defense. Coach Lou Menegatti said his team had something to prove.
"We gave it all we had," said Menegatti. "We wanted to show we could play with Howard County teams. I think we proved that."
Oakland Mills outshot Loch Raven, 16-10, and kept pressure on the Raiders much of the game. But the Loch Raven defense did a good job of marking and clearing the ball.
Shelley Klaes repeatedly cleared balls that could have caused trouble. Christina Bontempo, Christa Verleger and Kristi LaVardera helped the Raiders keep the Scorpions off the scoreboard.
The Scorpions certainly had their chances. Oakland Mills squandered two chances in the opening minutes of the game. Witte broke in alone on Sutton, but her shot was knocked away.
A few minutes later, Tyann Blissett got in front and headed a ball that Sutton knocked off the crossbar and out of danger.
Oakland Mills coach Nancy Shea said her team, which did not give up a goal in the state playoffs, stayed patient and did what it had to do.