Oakland Mills turns game into own shooting range Scorpions unload 35 shots to beat Catonsville, 3-0

Girls soccer

November 07, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Catonsville coach Jim Canavan wanted to "pack it in and clog the middle" against Oakland Mills in last night's Class 3A-2A North region championship at Howard High.

"And we did that," said Canavan.

But when a team outshoots another, 35-1, as Oakland Mills did to the Comets, the ball eventually is going to find the back of the net.

Leslie Miller scored twice and Molly Sunderdick once as the Scorpions won, 3-0, and earned their fourth trip in the last five years to the state semifinals.

Oakland Mills (9-4-2) will play the Liberty-South Carroll winner at 5 p.m. Saturday at Howard in a state semifinal game.

The Scorpions dominated the Comets (5-8-1) from the start. In the first half, they outshot the Comets, 24-0, and took eight corner kicks. But with so many Catonsville players packed defensively in the penalty box, most of Oakland Mills' shots were deflected.

"They crowded the box and when we shot it, it would hit one of them. It was getting frustrating," said Miller, whose first goal rolled through the hands of freshman goalkeeper Mandy Higdon 10: 33 into the first half.

Sunderdick, also a freshman, made it 2-0 with 3: 43 left in the half.

"Stephanie Romich's shot went off the keeper and a defender tried to clear it. The ball bounced off my stomach and in. I was in the right place at the time," said Sunderdick.

Oakland Mills, which started the season 0-3, was in the right place all night. Catonsville's only shot on goal came with four minutes left to play.

"Oakland Mills is the real deal," Canavan said. "They're big, fast and have very good skills. I think we did well to lose to them by 3-0. I told [my players] before the game to 'leave it on the field,' and they did."

Said Catonsville's Sarah Giardina: "We gave it all we had. Oakland Mills is a really good team, and we knew that going in."

Giardina added that it had been "a rough season because it took us a while to play as a unit. But we stepped it up in the playoffs."

Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters said his team "played well but didn't finish.

"It was a fun game after two tough ones," Matters said. "But it's back to reality on Saturday."

Oakland Mills, which is 9-1-2 in in its last 12 games, won the Class 2A-1A state championship in 1992 and 1995 and was runner-up in 1994.

Pub Date: 11/07/96

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