After his team edged Wilde Lake, 1-0, Wednesday, Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters worried about a letdown going into yesterday's regional semifinal against Great Mills.
Thanks to Ginny Dye's two first-half goals, the Scorpions survived that letdown to beat Great Mills, 2-0, in a Class 1A-2A South regional semifinal yesterday at Glenelg High.
"After the Wilde Lake game, I knew this was going to happen," said Matters. "In the next round, we're going to have to step it up about four notches. We have to play like we did against Wilde Lake with that kind of intensity and concentration."
The Scorpions (10-4-1) advance to meet Glenelg, a 2-1 upset TC winner in double overtime over No. 6 South River yesterday, for the regional championship at 5 p.m. Tuesday at South Carroll.
Yesterday, the Scorpions dominated Great Mills (6-5-2), a first-year program from St. Mary's County.
"We were ready for ball-handling ability and good passing," said Hornets coach Sean Twigg. "The other teams we played havebeen a lot more physical and a lot less of a finesse game. But we knew what we had to do. We knew this was going to be more of a finesse game."
In the first half, the Hornets charted no offensive stats while the Scorpions rolled up 23 shots. Scorpions keeper Nyeisha Ford touched the ball only once.
By the end of the game, the Scorpions had outshot the Hornets, 37-3. Only a tremendous game from Hornets freshman backup keeper Heather Lee, with 22 saves, kept the game from becoming a rout.
Dye, who leads the Scorpions with 16 goals and 11 assists, did all the damage in the first 32 minutes. First, she scored on a pass from Noelle Brown. Her second came off a well-placed throw by Julie Parris from about 25 yards out that beat two Hornets defenders, setting up Dye one-on-one with Lee.
The Scorpions were helped by their defense, which produced its third straight playoff shutout.
"For this game, we tended to play down a lot and the enthusiasm wasn't there at all," said Scorpions stopper Lauren McHargue. "Beating Wilde Lake was such a great feat for us because they're a really awesome team. It's really hard after something like that to turn around and play well again."