Brown, Oakland Mills slip past No. 13 Wilde Lake by 2-1 count Scorpions avenge regular-season loss

November 04, 1995|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Noelle Brown doesn't like to kick with her left foot.

"I try not to," said the Oakland Mills sophomore midfielder. "It's not my dominant foot. I don't get the most out of it."

But she did last night.

Brown's left-footed shot, from just outside the penalty box directly in front of the goal, with 2:50 left to play lifted the Scorpions over 13th-ranked Wilde Lake, 2-1, in a 1A-2A South regional semifinal game at Howard.

Oakland Mills (6-6-2) will play the winner of Monday's Northeast at Hammond game for the regional title.

The victory marked the second straight year Oakland Mills lost to Wilde Lake (9-4-1) in the regular season only to knock the Wildecats out of the playoffs.

"We're probably the best .500 team you've ever seen," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters, whose team finished 3-4 in the county, all the losses coming by one goal.

Wilde Lake, after being dominated in the first half, came out aggressively and tied the game four minutes into the second half.

Amanda Berman's pass from the right side headed right toward Oakland Mills goalie Nyiesha Ford. But Wilde Lake's Becky Froman got to the ball first and scored by kicking the ball as she slid on the the wet grass.

Wilde Lake continued to dominate until about nine minutes when Oakland Mills' offense became a little more aggressive.

On the game-winning goal, Ginny Dye, the Scorpions' leading scorer, had control of the ball to the right of the goal just inside the penalty box.

"I wanted to take the shot," said Dye. "I looked at the goalie and there were three Wilde Lake players in front. That pass [to Brown], it was everything I had. She was wide open."

Brown kicked it quickly with her left foot and it sailed into the top right corner of the net.

"It was a tough ball to save for the goalie [Jamie Marcus]," said Brown.

"It was one of those balls that had eyes," said Wilde Lake co-coach Roy Andersch. "We certainly had shots in the second half. It just wasn't meant to be."

Said Dye: "Wilde Lake played an excellent game. It could have gone either way."

Oakland Mills, which started the season 1-5-2, now finds itself back in the regional final. The Scorpions lost to Fallston last year in the 1A-2A state final.

"It takes us this long to get it together and play as a team," Brown said.

Oakland Mills, which lost to Wilde Lake, 1-0, during the season, controlled the first half and led 1-0 at halftime thanks to a header by Leslie Miller.

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