Johnson shows his moves for Oak. Mills

Transfer has two goals, including game-winner, in 3-2 win over Wilde Lake

Boys soccer

High Schools

October 01, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Saah Johnson, one of the area's premier strikers, showed yesterday why he's held in such high esteem.

The junior, playing only his third game of the season, scored his first goals in leading the No. 12 Scorpions to a 3-2 overtime victory at Wilde Lake in a battle of unbeaten teams.

Oakland Mills (6-0 overall, 2-0 Howard County) defeated Wilde Lake (5-1, 3-1) for the fifth straight time.

Johnson, a transfer from Mount St. Joseph and a former player for the under-15 national team, tied it at 2 with 2:45 left in regulation, and then headed in the game-winner early in the first 10-minute overtime period.

"I came pumped today," Johnson said. "And I came to win."

His first goal was a beauty. He took a through ball from Stanley Kaweesi at the Wilde Lake 35-yard line, beat two defenders and then dribbled around charging goalkeeper Kelan Connolly before kicking the ball into an undefended goal.

His second goal started with a long throw-in by Adam Magruder, and was flicked by Casey Wilbur to Johnson at the far post.

"He's a great striker and we're lucky to have him on our team," said Magruder, whose 40-yard throws-ins are one of Oakland Mills' most dangerous weapons.

Magruder also had the assist on the Scorpions' first goal three minutes into the second half that tied it at 1. Glenn Clardy kicked in Magruder's long throw-in.

Marco Filliponi scored both Wilde Lake goals, the first on a 25-yard kick in the 34th minute and the second on a breakaway in the 61st.

"I thought they were a very good team," said Oakland Mills coach Don Shea of Wilde Lake.

No. 9 Loyola 5, No. 3 Spalding 1: Matt Curran scored two goals and had an assist as the Dons (7-2) upset the visiting Cavaliers (7-3). The win was Loyola's fifth straight.

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