Oakland Mills caps magical season with ninth crown Scorps adjust, pull away from Williamsport, 4-1

Class 1A boys soccer

November 22, 1998|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

After a slow start on UMBC's AstroTurf yesterday, Oakland Mills adjusted and rallied to win its ninth state soccer championship -- the most by any school.

The 4-1 victory over Williamsport of Washington County completed No. 5 Oakland Mills' winningest season at 17-2, but seemed in doubt until Trevor Shea scored the game-winning goal in the 61st minute.

Shea (nine goals, seven assists) scored from the 4-yard line on a pass from Kyle Farmer. "The goal started with a corner kick and hit a couple of bodies and I touched it to Shea," Farmer said.

Coach Don Shea called yesterday's state title, Oakland Mill's first since 1994, the most special of the five that he has coached the school. He has coached six of the Scorpion players, including his son, Trevor, on a club team since they were 5-year-olds.

"When you win one with your son and he makes the game-winning goal and then gets the insurance goal that's special," Shea said. "And it was even more special because my sister [Anne Weller], who had never seen us play, flew over from Holland."

The Wildecats (15-5) outplayed Oakland Mills for the first 20 minutes, forcing Scorpions goalkeeper Chris Ebeling to make three diving saves.

"At first it was hard to trap the ball because the field was slick," said Jeremy Catlin, Oakland Mills' leading scorer with 18 goals and seven assists. "After a while you adjusted and got used to it."

Coach Shea said he wasn't worried about the 1-0 halftime deficit. "The last 20 minutes of the first half we started to pin them in," Shea said.

Williamsport scored in the 14th minute when Carlos Gomez kicked in a deflection. "We thought that lead would hold us the whole game and we let up," Gomez said. "And then they ran all over us."

Oakland Mills didn't get the tying goal until the 49th minute when Grahm Hawkes toed in a shot to tie the game, 1-1.

Trevor Shea scored Oakland Mills' third goal, in the 72nd minute. The play began with a Brian Grund throw-in to Hawke's feet who crossed it to Farmer, who flicked it to Shea.

Catlin added Oakland Mills' fourth goal in the 80th minute after Shea's long shot hit the post. Hawkes' follow shot hit the crossbar and bounced to Catlin at the 4-yard line.

The Scorpions, in erasing the frustration of back-to-back losing seasons, outshot Williamsport 17-6. They took seven corner kicks to none for Williamsport.

The defense, led by sweeper Glenn Hayman, shut down Williamsport's leading scorer Matt Bowman (40 goals). "We haven't played a team with that kind of defensive pressure," Bowman said.

Williamsport coach Stan Stouffer said: "We gave up corner kicks and free kicks in key situations and they converted. Our defense was soft and we couldn't get an offense going in the second half."

Pub Date: 11/22/98

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