Dye comes through, gives Scorpions semifinal win

November 13, 1994|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,Sun Staff Writer

All day it was the Oakland Mills offense pounding the ball right at a stubborn Hereford defense that was game to the task in the Class 1A-2A state semifinals.

It took the Scorpions one complete half and a good portion of the second before they solved the Bulls' defense to came away away with a 1-0 victory yesterday afternoon at Liberty High.

The goal that assured Oakland Mills (12-4-1) a meeting with Fallston in the state finals Friday at North County High happened innocently enough.

Junior Ginny Dye broke free along the right side with just under 16 minutes left and sent a chip at a tough angle that went by Hereford goalie Kate MacFarlane into the upper far post.

It was her 17th goal of the season for Dye, who also has 12 assists.

"I was looking to attack the corners and had some room to work with, so I just took the shot," Dye said.

"We had no clue of what kind of game to expect, but saw they stopped Loch Raven so figured they would be pretty decent. The Wilde Lake goal [in the region playoffs] was my biggest, but this was right up there."

It was apparent from the start the Bulls (11-5) were relying on their talented defense, led by MacFarlane and sweeper Alex Rholfs. In advancing to the state semifinals, they allowed just one goal in three region playoff wins -- including a big shutout over Loch Raven in the opener.

"I told our girls they liked to kick it and flick it and would keep on coming and that's exactly what they did," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters.

"Thank goodness Dye was there. It happened so quick I didn't know where it was going. We just did what we had to do."

Hereford had one last chance pressing the attack in the final minute when Amy Casner settled a loose ball from 15 yards out with keeper Nyiesha Ford out of the net, but her shot never made it to goal.

Oakland Mills had a decisive territorial edge in a scoreless first half.

The Scorpions controlled the midfield most of the way, but the Hereford defense tightened up when Oakland Mills got inside the 18.

One of Oakland Mills' best chances came early when midfielder Terri Hayman beat a couple defenders just outside the 18 before sending a chip toward goal. MacFarlane went high to make the save, juggled and then recovered with Oakland Mills forward Noelle Brown right on her.

Later in the half, Rholfs cleared a dangerous through ball with two Oakland Mills players on her back. Moments later, Kristy Kane turned aside an Oakland Mills shot off the goal line.

Hereford's best chances came from Mindy Salganik, who twice broke free along the right side but couldn't get anything by Oakland Mills keeper Nyiesha Ford.

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