Oakland Mills reaches deep for 4-2 win All subs for 4-0 Scorpions play

four players score

Boys soccer

September 24, 1998|By Rick Belz TC | Rick Belz TC,SUN STAFF

No. 7-ranked Oakland Mills might have trounced Atholton yesterday.

Instead, the league-leading Scorpions (4-0 overall, 2-0 league) used the game as a tune-up for Friday's match against No. 6-ranked Wilde Lake and won by a respectable 4-2.

It was only the second time since Oct. 11, 1996, that Oakland Mills had won by more than one goal, and the win gave the Scorpions a total of nine goals this season. They scored only 14 goals all of last fall.

Oakland Mills coach Don Shea gave playing time to his second string, five of whom started. He gave all 22 players on his squad playing time.

"I told every kid after our Elkton game that he'd be in the game today," Shea said. "I didn't care if we lost. We needed to see what they could do. And I didn't want to run the starters' legs off, because we have three games in six days."

The subs played well, and Rudy Nunez, starting instead of Kyle Farmer, scored the first goal in the 19th minute off an assist from Steve Blakely.

"I was happy that we quickly established ourselves," Shea said.

Right after that goal, Shea shuffled in four regular starters, Farmer, Jeremy Catlin, Brian Grund and Trevor Shea, and they wasted little time tallying again.

Farmer scored it in the 27th minute off a corner kick by Blakely. Farmer headed the ball down, and it went in on one bounce.

A year ago Atholton (0-6, 0-1) had upset Oakland Mills, 2-1, one of just two Raider wins all season.

"Even though we have Wilde Lake Friday, we didn't want to look past Atholton again," Blakely said.

Oakland Mills' third goal was scored by Trevor Shea off a throw-in by Grund in the 54th minute.

"We knew they had a big throw-in, and we practiced for it, but they scored off it, anyway," Atholton coach Roch DeFrances said. "That's a Don Shea team. Very drilled. Very skilled."

Catlin put Oakland Mills up 4-0 in the 57th minute on a 12-yard volley off an assist by freshman Brandon Hawkes.

"I was happy to get goals from four different players," Shea said.

Atholton scored in the 71st minute on a penalty kick by Danny Dworkin after Justin Pak was pulled down in the penalty area.

The Raiders' Jeff Ebaugh scored again in the 73rd minute.

Pub Date: 9/24/98

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