Oakland Mills makes Glenelg pay, 3-0

October 19, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Oakland Mills collected what it considers a down payment on an old debt from visiting Glenelg yesterday.

The debt will come due in full if the teams meet again in the regional playoffs.

In 1992, the Scorpions thought they were certain to win a state championship, but were upset by Glenelg in the state semifinals -- the first time Glenelg had beaten the Scorpions. Glenelg went on to win its first Class 2A state title.

In 1993, Glenelg defeated Oakland Mills twice more, including in the South regional championship game.

The 1994 Scorpions were determined to end Glenelg's two-year domination, and did so emphatically yesterday, 3-0.

No. 12 Glenelg (6-3 overall, 3-2 league) had not been shut out previously.

Superior speed and conditioning, and the ability to convert off set plays turned the tide for Oakland Mills.

The Scorpions scored twice off corner kicks. Paul Sanin converted Keith Murphy's corner in the seventh minute for the game's first goal.

Murphy (three goals, eight assists), a left-footer, booted a corner kick directly into the net in the 47th minute -- a goal that seemed to break Glenelg's spirit. Seven of Murphy's eight assists have come off corner kicks.

No. 11 Oakland Mills (9-1, 5-0) has outscored its opponents, 19-2, in the second half.

"They are tireless," Glenelg coach John Bouman said of Oakland Mills. "They work you to death, have good speed, have a great throw-in specialist and their corner kickers do a nice job.

"We worked specifically on defending against corners in practice, but there were certain basic things we didn't do today. Oakland Mills has a great work ethic and played a good game."

Glenelg normally creates its offense with a short-passing style, but Bouman thought Oakland Mills defends too well against that, so he tried to switch to a kick-and-run.

"But we didn't execute it well," striker Tony Marchegiano said. "Passing is our game."

Oakland Mills also double-teamed the county's leading scorer, midfielder Jeff Cline, (10 goals, three assists) on corners and long throw-ins.

Cline, a 6-foot-2 basketball player, has scored half his goals on headers. He had scored a goal in every game but one.

Zuri Barnes, whose speed up top put frequent pressure on Glenelg's defenders, got the final goal off an assist by Chris Miller.

The Scorpions have won five straight since their only loss, a 2-1 decision to Loyola.

* Centennial 3, Mount Hebron 1: Sophomores Matt Laycock and Brian Otten and freshman Stuart Kessler scored a goal apiece in No. 1 Centennial's victory over host Mount Hebron.

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