Oakland Mills eliminates Poolesville yet again, 1-0

Scorpions advance to face Sparrows Point in semis

1A South boys soccer regional

High School

November 06, 2001|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

A few things never seem to change about the Class 1A South region boys soccer playoffs.

Oakland Mills and Poolesville always face one another; and a quicker, more athletic Oakland Mills team usually wins a low-scoring game off a corner kick or long throw-in.

The three-time defending state champion Scorpions knocked the Indians out of the playoffs for the fourth straight season last night at Howard, winning the region title, 1-0, on a header by Brandon Hawkes with seven minutes left to play.

The Scorpions (7-6-2) will play Sparrows Point in the state semifinals later this week.

Oakland Mills, whose fans plastered the stands with orange banners, are seeking to become the second school to win four straight state titles and are trying for their 12th overall state title. They already hold the state record of 11.

Hawkes, second-team All-Metro last season, scored his 10th goal this season - six of them game-winners.

"I had taken five or six headers and none of them had fallen, so I was getting frustrated," Hawkes said.

Derick Strand, standing at the near post, flicked an Adam Magruder throw-in to Hawkes, who was standing 3 yards out and headed it in.

"I was aiming for Hawkes," Magruder said. "He pointed to me before I threw it and said, `Hit here,' pointing to his head. [Coach Don] Shea had given us a play with organized runs, and everyone was where they were supposed to be."

Magruder, who played stopper, said he was "terrified" for the last seven minutes as the Scorpions fended off Poolesville's final attacks.

"You don't know how big a win this was for us," said Magruder.

Oakland Mills forwards Normeni Topka and Hughes Paul created numerous scoring chances with their blazing speed. The Scorpions had seven corner kicks.

"We must have had 20 long throw-ins," Shea said. "We ran them [Indians] into the ground and created big, gaping holes and just picked balls off as they tried to clear them and came back in with them."

Oakland Mills' defense contained Poolesville's leading scorer, Robby Stump, who has seven goals.

"No. 9 [Stump] was an amazing soccer player," Magruder said.

Poolesville coach Doug Miller knew what to expect from Oakland Mills, but that didn't make it any easier to stop.

"Long corners and throws and lots of speed," he said. "We've played them five years now and given up total of five goals and lost four times."

He said his team has struggled to score goals this season while compiling a 6-7-1 record.

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