Oakland Mills upsets Hammond, 2-1 Stoutenborough's goal in overtime accounts for win over No. 5 Bears

Boys soccer

September 24, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills, playing an elusive style of soccer that stressed skill over muscle, upset a bigger, senior-dominated and fifth-ranked Hammond team in overtime yesterday, 2-1.

Visiting Hammond (4-1-1 overall, 0-1 league), expected to contend for both the Howard County championship and the state Class 1A title, suffered its first loss. In Oakland Mills the Bears faced a potential South Region playoff opponent.

The unranked Scorpions (3-2, 1-1) could not have won without an extraordinary game from sophomore goalkeeper Chris Ebeling, who made 12 saves -- several of them of the spectacular variety.

Ebeling was at his best in overtime when Hammond striker Jules Gero broke away and took a one-on-one shot from the 20-yard line. Ebeling came out to the 10-yard line and deflected the ball to the side.

In the second half, he timed his leap on a chip shot perfectly and tapped the ball up to the crossbar. It bounced down and away and he smothered it at about the 10-yard line as Hammond failed to follow up.

"I practice that play every day," Ebeling said.

Hammond scored in the first five minutes off a breakaway when Ebeling and Oakland Mills sweeper Glenn Hayman came out and Hammond's Pat Lally got behind them to score into an open net off a pass from Gero. A breakdown at outside fullback allowed the play to develop.

Oakland Mills tied it 1-1 in the 47th minute on a header by Mark Minzak off an assist from Jonah Stoutenborough. They are the only two seniors who start for Oakland Mills with the rest of the lineup consisting of seven sophomores and two freshmen.

Stoutenborough scored the game-winner six minutes into overtime off an assist by Brian Grund. Both goals developed off re-starts by Grund from nearly the same spot on the field.

Oakland Mills shut down Hammond's Ryan Pflugrad, a potential Howard County Player of the Year.

"Our defense has recorded two shutouts already. That's more than we had in the last two years so I think we can defend," said Scorpions coach Don Shea. "The question will be, can we score?"

Hammond was coming off a major victory Friday against Magruder, then No.3-ranked in the D.C. area, and Oakland Mills was coming off a loss to Glenelg.

"Their goalkeeper had a great game and Shea got them pumped up and figured out how to win. He's smart. This will bring us down to earth," Pflugrad said.

Hammond coach Rich Corkran agreed. "Oakland Mills controlled the middle," he said. "We didn't pass to feet, didn't mark up well and didn't follow shots. If you play bad, you deserve to lose."

Pub Date: 9/24/97

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