Oakland Mills edges Glenelg, 1-0

November 09, 1994|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun Staff Writer

Last night's Glenelg-Oakland Mills regional final had shootout written all over it early on.

And it probably would have ended that way if not for Ginny Dye's perfect pass from the corner to Noelle Brown for the header late in the first half.

That was enough to lift No. 15 Oakland Mills over No. 14 Glenelg, 1-0, in the Class 1A-2A South region championship at South Carroll.

The Scorpions (11-4-1), who won the state Class 1A-2A title in 92, advance to the state semifinal Saturday at 1 p.m. at Liberty High. They meet the winner of this afternoon's North Region final between Hereford and Towson.

The Gladiators and the Scorpions were so evenly matched that during the regular season they tied at 2-2 in double overtime.

They posted identical overall records and finished 3-3-1 in a four-way tie for third place in the Howard County league.

Both scored big playoff upsets to reach yesterday's regional final.

Glenelg edged No. 7 South River, the team favored to win the region, 2-1 in double overtime in the semifinal. The Scorpions slipped by No. 10 Wilde Lake, 1-0, in the quarterfinals.

Yesterday, Glenelg (10-5-1) outshot the Scorpions, 6-3, but the Dye-Brown combination made the difference.

Dye, a senior striker who leads the Scorpions with 16 goals and 12 assists, set up the game-winner from the right corner in the 29th minute.

She chopped the ball onto her left foot and lofted it to the middle. Brown was in the right place to put the leaping header past Glenelg keeper Jennifer Hayes (two saves).

"The second I hit it, I could feel it was a good cross," said Dye. "I was hoping somebody would be there and luckily, Noelle was to head it in."

Glenelg coach Mike Williams said, "It was a well-earned goal. I have nothing negative to say about either team tonight. They both played hard. They both played well."

After the goal, the defensive-minded Scorpions quickly cleared away just about everything. The defense of Michelle Osterberger, Lauren McHargue, Maureen Brudzinski, Brie Warner and keeper Nyiesha Ford did not allow a goal in four playoff games.

Early in the second half, the Gladiators had two well-placed corner kicks by Emily Cox, but they never managed a shot.

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