Miller leads Oakland Mills in romp over Centennial Scorpions breeze, 5-1

Hereford is next opponent

November 05, 1997|By Stan Rappaport | Stan Rappaport,SUN STAFF

Leslie Miller doesn't mind playing out of position for Oakland Mills. In fact, she enjoys it -- and last night she showed why.

Miller, who has played defense for her club team for years, scored three first-half goals as the Scorpions stunned Centennial, 5-1, in the Class 1A/2A South region final at Howard High School.

Oakland Mills, winner of four straight region titles, will play Hereford, the Baltimore County champion, at 5 p.m. Friday at Howard High in a state semifinal. Hereford advanced with a 3-0 win over Sparrows Point.

Miller, a four-year starter, played her first two seasons at Oakland Mills on defense. Last year she moved to offense.

"I like playing it a lot," said Miller, who has 11 goals this season. "I'm the one scoring goals. I'm the one beating the defense."

Andrea Donovan scored off a corner kick five minutes into the game to get Oakland Mills (12-4-1) started.

Miller then scored with 26: 14 left, 14: 24 left and two seconds left for a commanding 4-0 halftime lead. Victoria Parris and Zhenia Bulawka each had nice crosses that led to Miller's first two goals. The last one came off a corner kick from Lan Gardner.

"She's an underrated player," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters of Miller.

Centennial, playing a passing and possession style game, controlled much of the first half. But Oakland Mills' defense, led by sweeper Kate Anderson and goalie Nicole Petro, frustrated the Eagles with excellent plays.

Meanwhile, Oakland Mills played its kick and run style to perfection.

"We counterattacked," Matters said. "We're faster then they are."

Said Centennial stopper Allison Woods: "We lost our marks on defense and we didn't finish in the box. We didn't finish when we should have."

Centennial outshot Oakland Mills, 11-6, in the first half.

"We've never finished that percentage of balls in our lives," Matters said.

Oakland Mills ended a six-year year losing skid against Centennial with a 1-0 win during the season.

"We wanted to show them that we didn't beat them on a lucky goal," Anderson said. "We were ready for this game."

Pub Date: 11/05/97

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