River Hill ends suspense early, 2-0 Hawks score quick goal, get back at Oakland Mills

Boys soccer

October 07, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

It was over three minutes after it began. So much preparation. So much anticipation. So much tension.

All gone when Oakland Mills goalkeeper Chris Ebeling allowed Randal Brown's 18-yard shot to slip through his hands and into the net, leading to a 2-0 River Hill victory yesterday.

No. 1-ranked River Hill (8-0 overall, 3-0 league) stretched its winning streak to 17 games.

A year ago the No. 5 Scorpions (7-1, 4-1) were the only team to defeat River Hill. And that loss hung in the Hawks' minds.

"Last year we came in more lackadaisical against Oakland Mills," Brown said. "This game has been marked on everyone's schedule since we got our schedules. It was our most important game so far."

Brown's game-winning shot seemed harmless at first. He turned quickly and volleyed the ball with no particular expectation that it would go in.

"I was so surprised," Brown said. "He's a solid goalkeeper, one of the best in the county. I guess I caught him off-guard. Last year against us, Ebs [Ebeling] had one of the greatest games I've ever seen him play."

Oakland Mills coach Don Shea knew his team was in deep trouble after the quick goal. He expected to have difficulty mounting a consistent attack against the deeper and more talented Hawks. And he was right.

An early whiff from the penalty-box area by starting forward Kyle Farmer set the tone.

"Our defense, Aaron McKinley, Aaron Pierce and Elliott Marquis, held strong and was solid the whole game," Brown said.

The more dangerous offensive forays were mounted by River Hill. Brent Endler volleyed a ball off the right post, and Clif Jackson's follow sailed over the crossbar with 3: 45 left in the half.

Earlier, Oakland Mills fullback Victor Berndt kicked away a header from inside the left post. And in the second half, Adom Crew had two near-miss headers.

"Had we gone to halftime tied 0-0, then they're thinking, 'oh, no, here we go again. Shades of last year. And we're thinking we can do this,' " Shea said. "Instead "

River Hill put the game away for certain in the 46th minute when Greg Hinkle, who had replaced an injured Todd Tedrow at center attacking midfield, found himself unguarded and on the receiving end of a cross from Jackson at the 6-yard line.

"I was surprised no one was there," Hinkle said. His right-footed volley hit the back of the net.

Pub Date: 10/07/98

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