O. Mills is ousted by Liberty in 3A-2A Lions are dominating in second half in 3-0 win over Scorpions

Girls soccer

November 12, 1996|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

After opening the season with three straight loses, Oakland Mills had a terrific run. The Scorpions dropped just one of their next 12 games, finished second in the county and won the 3A-2A North region title.

Last night, however, they were stopped cold by a better team.

Liberty dominated the second half, getting two goals from Shanna Ziegenfuss, and advanced to its first state championship with a 3-0 victory over Oakland Mills in a 3A-2A state semifinal at Howard High. The Lions (15-0-2) will play South River, a 2-1 winner last night over Bel Air, Saturday at noon for the title at Dundalk Community College.

"They have a really good team," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters. "They were faster and stronger than us. I don't think we played that well, but they had a lot to do with it."

Oakland Mills had a few good scoring opportunities in the first half, but trailed at halftime, 1-0. Liberty stopper Colleen Cox, taking a ball that had been headed out by an Oakland Mills player, one-timed a shot from 25 yards out that cleared the arms of goalie Nyiesha Ford into the top left corner of the net.

"We had our chances in the first half," Matters said. "They finished and we didn't. If we could have gone up 1-0, we would have been in the ballgame."

Said Liberty coach Sam DeLaurence: "Oakland Mills is a good team. They had opportunities in the first half. If one of those balls had gone in, their style makes them a hard team to come back against."

Oakland Mills' Leslie Miller, who played the game with a bad cold, did a good job marking Ziegenfuss, an all-state player, in the first half. Miller didn't feel well enough to start the second half, and when she did enter the game, she played forward. Matters said he moved Miller to forward so she wouldn't have to chase the talented Ziegenfuss.

Lan Gardner marked Ziegenfuss, Carroll County's all-time career leader with 77 goals, in the second half. Roughly 18 minutes into the half, Ziegenfuss dribbled by three defenders in the box and scored to make it a 2-0 game.

"That was my fault," Gardner said. "I could have done much better."

Said sweeper Michelle Osterberger: "That was just a lack of communication."

Ziegenfuss made it 3-0 with 11 minutes remaining on a direct kick from a foot outside the box.

The Lions outshot Oakland Mills, 11-4, in the second half. Ford had a strong game in goal, making 11 saves in the game.

Many of the Scorpions, who were making their third straight state semifinal appearance and last year won the 2A-1A title, were upset they had not played better.

"We could have done a lot better," Miller said. "After they scored the first goal, we sort of let down."

Said Gardner: "We didn't play as good a game as we could have."

Still, the Scorpions (9-5-2) had a good season. "We're disappointed we lost," Osterberger said. "but happy we got this far. No one expected us to do that."

Pub Date: 11/12/96

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