Memory serves Oakland Mills well Scorpions drub Gaels, 3-1, to avenge last year's loss

Boys soccer

September 10, 1998|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

Mount St. Joseph coach Mike St. Martin said his players definitely remember their four-goal victory over Oakland Mills last year. Unfortunately for the Gaels, Oakland Mills also remembered.

Jeremy Catlin scored just 75 seconds into the game, and No. 8-ranked Oakland Mills also got goals from Kyle Farmer and Steve Blakely en route to a 3-1 victory over No. 7 St. Joe yesterday.

The host Scorpions opened their season with a solid performance at both ends of the field. Oakland Mills played aggressive soccer from the opening whistle -- and last year's game served as a nice motivator.

"We remember quite vividly," said Oakland Mills coach Don Shea.

Catlin said afterward that the Scorpions had a couple of points to prove in this game. "Revenge was on our minds, but we just wanted to win our first game," said Catlin. "If you can come out and win and play hard, you've done well."

The Scorpions used aggressive slide tackles to strip Mount St. Joseph players of the ball numerous times. Oakland Mills won nearly all the 50-50 balls in the first half and kept the Gaels on the defensive for long stretches.

The Scorpions were able to get a lot of through balls into or near the box, but Gaels goalkeeper Devan Spilker made several spectacular plays, especially in the first half. Spilker often broke up passing, punched high crosses away, and simply knocked the ball away from the bunch of Oakland Mills players who usually crowded around the goal.

The crowding started early when the Scorpions' Catlin headed in Bryan Grun's perfect throw-in from the left sideline just 1: 15 into the game for a quick 1-0 lead. Grun made a number of precise throw-ins, especially in the first half, that triggered his team's offense.

"That really was a weapon for them," said St. Martin.

The Scorpions had a number of scoring chances after that in the first half but could not convert. Catlin and Kyle Farmer both came up with several opportunities, but the team could not put the ball in. One of the best chances came midway through the half, when Farmer cut into the box from the right wing, but Spilker slid and knocked the ball away.

Mount St. Joseph (1-1) made the game closer in the second half. Brad Martin and his teammates had some opportunities in the second half, but couldn't score. Farmer and Blakely could, however, to give the Scorpions a 3-0 lead.

Farmer fired a bullet past Spilker, just under the crossbar 12 minutes into the second half, and Blakely added a late penalty kick. David Kirby scored the Gaels' lone goal in the final minutes.

"Without a doubt, they beat us physically," said St. Martin. "That's why I schedule Howard County schools -- they've got good soccer."

And long memories.

Pub Date: 9/10/98

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