Oakland Mills finally gets past Glenelg, 1-0

November 09, 1994|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,Sun Staff Writer

Oakland Mills played ghostbusters in the Class 2A South Region championship game yesterday at Glenelg.

"We took care of two years of ghosts today," Oakland Mills coach Don Shea said after his team defeated Glenelg, 1-0.

The ghosts Shea was talking about were back-to-back playoff losses to Glenelg.

In 1992, Glenelg beat the Scorpions in the state semifinal, 2-1. Last season, the Gladiators stopped Oakland Mills in the region championship game, 3-2.

No. 7 Oakland Mills (13-2) was determined not to fall to No. 12 Glenelg (9-5) a third straight season, and succeeded yesterday by scoring off a throw-in in the 34th minute.

Junior fullback Simon Bwalya scored the goal on a header off a throw-in from junior striker Zuri Barnes.

"This was definitely payback time," Barnes said. "We knew their keeper leaves the backside open and that's where we tried to go on corners and throw-ins."

Oakland Mills had beaten Glenelg earlier this season, 3-0.

"They came at us much harder today, but we thought that throw-ins and corners would be their only real offensive threat," Bwalya said.

Glenelg's best scoring chance came with fewer than 10 minutes left to play. Jeff Cline took a header off a free kick from just inside the sideline, but the ball went straight to the feet of Oakland Mills goalkeeper Kyle Stephens' feet.

"I started coming out and then stopped and it was lucky for me that it went down to my feet," said Stephens, who played his first complete game this season, even though he has allowed just two goals. It was Oakland Mills' eighth shutout. Stephens, a senior, usually splits time with Aaron Dane.

Glenelg had a good chance in the 69th minute, but Tony Marchegiano's header went right to Stephens.

Oakland Mills played a flat game on defense for the last seven minutes, putting pressure on Stephens. But he passed the test.

Oakland Mills lost starting fullback Luke Tourlotte in the 18th minute, when the junior fell and broke his thumb.

Barnes, a speedster who pressured Glenelg's defense repeatedly and helped the Scorpions develop numerous long throw-ins and four corner kicks, thought that the winner of yesterday's game will be the favorite to win the state title.

"If we had lost to them it would have been just like handing them the state championship," Barnes said. "Yeah, they were more skilled than we are, but we run hard and play with heart."

Glenelg coach John Bouman was pleased with his team's effort.

"We outplayed them in the second half when we won nearly every 50-50 ball," he said.

"I much prefer going out this way [with a good effort] than the way we did last season." The Gladiators were eliminated in the state semifinal last season by Fallston, 4-0.

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