Oakland Mills gets past Glenelg in OT

Scorpions survive sudden-death shootout for second year in row

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November 04, 1999|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills defied the odds yesterday by winning a regional playoff sudden-death shootout for the second straight year.

The No. 2-ranked Scorpions, who lost the coin flip and had to shoot first, needed Glenelg to miss its last two shots in the regulation shootout to send it to sudden death.

Brian Grund hit the game-winner on the second round of sudden death after Steve Blakely made his first-round shot.

"I just knew this was a really important game," Grund said about his thoughts as he took his shot.

"We have a veteran team and when we went to sudden death we had five players who all wanted to take shots right away," Scorpions coach Don Shea said.

The 1-0 victory advances Oakland Mills (13-1-1) to the South Region semifinals against Boonsboro, which beat South Hagerston, 5-1, yesterday.

A year ago, the Scorpions needed a sudden-death shootout victory in the regional championship against Poolesville to catapult them to the state title.

And just as they did against Poolesville, the Scorpions trailed throughout most of yesterday's shootout at Oakland Mills before tying 7-7 on the last round and then winning in sudden death, 9-8.

Oakland Mills goalkeeper Chris Ebeling, who saved three shots during the shootout, said: "I just reacted to the ball. I don't try to guess where it's going."

Glenelg goalkeeper Corey Shea also made three saves during the shootout and had two exceptional saves during regulation to keep his team in the game.

A wind gusting diagonally from one end of the field to the other up to 45 mph hampered Oakland Mills on its long throw-ins and corner kicks.

"Wind was the great equalizer and their goalkeeper played well," Shea said. "We practice shootouts from the first day of the season and set our order.

Glenelg (4-7-4) was hoping for an upset with its young team. The Gladiators won a state Class 1A title two seasons ago.

Hammond 1, Howard 0: George Phillips scored the game's only goal as the Bears moved into the semifinals against Centennial, Tuesay's 18-0 winner over Surrattsville of Prince George's County.

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