Saturday was Oakland Mills soccer coach Don Shea's 45th birthday. His team gave him his present a day early.
It didn't have wrapping paper or a ribbon, but it was something Shea really wanted. The unranked Scorpions upset No. 1-ranked River Hill Friday, 2-1.
Trevor Shea, the coach's freshman son, scored the first goal in the 30th minute. It was the first time all season that Oakland Mills (4-4 overall, 2-3 league) had scored in the first half, and it was the first goal a Howard County team scored against River Hill this fall.
The goal, started by freshman Kyle Farmer's 35-yard direct kick was flicked by senior Dan Stoutenborough off Trevor and into the net. Trevor, who leads the team with three goals and two assists, admitted that the ball may have touched his hand.
Oakland Mills' second goal was a 20-yard shot by Brian Grund off a through ball by Ryan Conville in the 45th minute.
River Hill scored in the 63rd minute, and at one point after that took three corner kicks in a row.
"The last six to eight minutes got hairy," coach Shea said. "Jeremy Edge and Glenn Hayman headed shots off the line. We were lucky to win. We won because Chris Ebeling made sensational saves."
Oakland Mills, a defense-oriented team that starts two freshmen, seven sophomores and two seniors, had scored two goals in only one other game.
The River Hill contest was the fourth straight against a ranked team -- the toughest two-week stretch any team in the state has faced this season.
Oakland Mills defeated then-No. 7-ranked Hammond, 2-1, Sept. 23. Hammond had just beaten Magruder, then ranked No. 3 in the Washington, D.C., area.
The Scorps took No. 4 Wilde Lake to double overtime Sept. 26 before losing, 1-0, with five minutes left.
On Sept. 29, Oakland Mills played its third ranked team in seven days and battled then-No. 11-ranked Centennial into double overtime before losing 1-0 with 2 1/2 minutes left.
But Friday's result capped them all for the Class 1A Scorpions, who have won more state soccer titles (eight) than any other school -- the last in 1994.
"We asked the players to concentrate on not letting down their teammates and to show pride in the school soccer tradition," Shea said. "I told them not to concentrate on winning."
Senior captain Mark Minzak, whose main sport is baseball, wasn't thinking about winning. "River Hill had their bagpipes playing, and their players had told us we'd lose 5-0."
That didn't happen, obviously. And for the next few years at least, Oakland Mills appears poised and ready to uphold its proud soccer tradition.
Nine golfers qualify
Nine Howard County golfers qualified during the District V tournament Monday for the state tournament Oct. 20-21 at the University of Maryland.
Erika Reinthaler, who won the girls District V championship by shooting 87 at Wakefield Valley, was the only girl to qualify.
The boys who qualified as individuals include: Rene Bonet of Hammond (80); Bob Steen of Atholton (80); Jim Evans of Centennial (81); Eric Clymer of Wilde Lake (83).
In addition, the entire Mount Hebron team qualified by shooting a cumulative 345. They include: Brian Shin (84), Scott Zielinski (84), Matt Laun (87) and Mike Long (90).
Parrish shines at Wake
DaLawn Parrish (Howard), a sophomore defensive back for Wake Forest, played the best game of his career Sept. 25 in a 19-18 victory over North Carolina State. Parrish made nine tackles (six unassisted), including a quarterback sack and his first career interception.
Parrish sat out last season with a stress fracture in his lower back after making 54 tackles as a true freshman. In his return this season he has 23 tackles in five games for the Demon Deacons (2-3 overall, 1-2 league).
Vikings win golf title
The Mount Hebron Vikings won the Howard County Golf Club at Timbers of Troy golf championship last week, finishing with a final record of 18 1/2 -2 1/2 with Centennial second (17-4) and Wilde Lake third (16-6).
Jeff Turner of Wilde Lake won the Howard County Golf Club's stroke play championship at Fairway Hills Thursday with 73. Bob Steen of Atholton was second at 76 and Rene Bonet of Hammond third at 77.
Pub Date: 10/10/97