North Harford beats Oakland Mills

May 22, 1994|By Steven Kivinski | Steven Kivinski,Contributing Writer

Oakland Mills coach Phil Stephenson wasn't making any excuses after watching his team bow to North Harford, 10-7, in yesterday's Class 1A-2A state semifinal game at UMBC.

"North Harford came out, they were ready to play and no ifs, ands or buts about it, they beat us. First period, second period, third period and fourth period," said Stephenson, whose team endured a similar fate last season when it lost to Towson in the semifinals, 4-2.

The Hawks will return to UMBC Wednesday for their 6 p.m. state final matchup with top-seeded and two-time defending state champion Towson, which advanced by defeating Kent County High, 18-10.

North Harford (13-4) wasted no time in taking control. Senior Jason Bellamy, who finished with a game-high four goals and three assists, opened the scoring three minutes into the game when he converted a feed from Mike Murray.

Murray's first goal gave the Hawks a 2-0 lead and gave the junior attackman a school-record 44 goals for the season.

The Hawks took a 4-0 lead in the waning minutes of the first quarter as Jonathan Wright scored on an assist from Bellamy and Jeremy Addington coverted a feed from Murray.

The Hawks tried to slow things down in the second quarter and Oakland Mills (13-4) made them pay for their sluggish behavior, scoring three goals in the final 2:17 to cut the halftime to 4-3.

Junior attackman Iggy Levelev scored back-to-back unassisted goals to get the Scorpions started and junior midfielder Sam Smith added an unassisted goal with 33 seconds left in the half.

"We tried to control the ball a little bit in the second quarter and a lot of our guys started to stand around on offense instead of moving and it gave [Oakland Mills] some opportunities to get the ball back up their end of the field," said North Harford coach John Grubb. "At halftime, we said, 'Let's get back to our regular offense and it helped us out a little bit.' "

The Hawks scored four straight goals to start the second half and led 8-5 heading into the fourth quarter.

"We had a scouting report on them and we knew they were a beatable team," said Bellamy. "We knew they had a strong defense but our attack really stepped up today, and took it to them, and our midfield played tough.

"We've been a good second-half team all year and we knew that if we could keep it pretty close at halftime, we would be tough to beat."

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