Oakland Mills wears down Hammond, 4-0

November 05, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Oakland Mills' boys soccer team plays with a relentless

physical and mental toughness that wears down opponents.

That toughness, and a defense that posted its seventh shutout were the crucial factors in Oakland Mills' 4-0 semifinal victory over visiting Hammond in the Class 2A South Region yesterday.

It was the Scorpions' third victory over Hammond. A big share of the credit goes to fullbacks Luke Tourlotte, Dan Stoutenborough, Simon Bwalya and Paul Sanin.

"They play very aggressively and make the most of their opportunities," Hammond coach Rich Corkran said of Oakland Mills. "They're physical and well-trained, and we knew we had to shut them out to win."

Zuri Barnes (six goals, eight assists) scored in the fourth minute when he beat two defenders and sent a hard kick into the upper part of the net.

"We regained our composure and played well for the next 25 minutes or so, but we couldn't put one in," Corkran said.

Hammond had a flurry of three shots in the 10th minute. One bounced off the cross bar; one was blocked by an Oakland Mills player's arm.

A few minutes later, Hammond's Kamil Quander appeared to be taken down in the box, but the officials placed the ball just outside the box.

Hammond (6-8) seemed to lose its concentration after that, and Barnes put the game away for No. 12 Oakland Mills (12-2) in the 37th minute.

He took a pass from Miller, gave a fake and used his speed to beat Hammond defender Tom Dispenza. Then Barnes drilled a kick past Hammond goalkeeper David Tollick. Just 32 seconds later, Stoutenborough made it 3-0.

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