Poolesville eliminates Scorpions in OT, 1-0 Oakland Mills can't take advantage of its chances

Boys soccer

October 30, 1997|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Poolesville coach Doug Miller told his team to take some shots from far out to test Oakland Mills' sophomore goalkeeper, Chris Ebeling, who faced a setting sun in overtime of the Class 1A South region quarterfinal yesterday at Oakland Mills.

The long-ball strategy paid off, although the sun played no part in Poolesville's game-winning goal three minutes into overtime.

Poolesville fullback Scott Annett kicked a high shot from 40 yards out that bounced off the crossbar to sliding midfielder John Sleeman, who put in the goal that won the game, 1-0.

The victory made Poolesville (7-5-3) host to the semifinals Saturday against Glenelg at a time to be determined.

The defeat ended a season of highs and lows for Oakland Mills (5-6-2), which had hoped for a successful playoff run despite having an unusually young team.

Older Poolesville wore down Oakland Mills, which has only three seniors. The Montgomery County squad, a state finalist four years ago and a state semifinalist three years ago, dominated the final 30 minutes of regulation time and the overtime.

Poolesville kicked one shot off the crossbar and another off a post in the second half. Annett also kicked a powerful shot from close range that Ebeling caught with 2: 30 left in regulation.

Oakland Mills kept dodging disaster, and in the second half played mostly defense. The Scorpions did produce one dangerous shot by Jonah Stoutenborough, who on a long counterattack blasted a kick that drew Poolesville goalkeeper Matt Toomey out for a diving save.

"That was one huge save," Miller said. "He [Toomey] played tentatively in the first half."

The Scorpions pounded Poolesville, forcing Toomey to make six saves in the first half, but could not find the scoring touch.

"We had no one come to the ball on the first three corner kicks," Oakland Mills coach Don Shea said. "We had no power headers. Their goalkeeper made a lot of mistakes, but we didn't take advantage of them."

No. 5 Centennial 2, Atholton 1, 2 OT: Andres Conejo scored eight minutes into the second overtime to lift the Eagles in a Class 2A South region quarterfinal. Danny Dworkin's goal in the 33rd minute put the Raiders (2-11) ahead 1-0 before Centennial's Matt Hewitt tied the game with three minutes left in regulation.

Pub Date: 10/30/97

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