Oakland Mills stuns No. 1 River Hill

Scorpions send Hawks to their first defeat, 2-0

Boys soccer

October 02, 2002|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills has won a state-record 11 state titles and possesses one of the proudest boys soccer traditions in the state.

It enlisted that pride and two long throw-ins yesterday at Oakland Mills to produce a 2-0 upset victory of No. 1-ranked and previously unbeaten River Hill.

The 12th-ranked Scorpions (7-0, 3-0 Howard County) beat another previously undefeated team (Wilde Lake) Monday and are the only team to have defeated Centennial.

River Hill (6-1-1, 3-1) had won four of the previous six meetings between the schools with one tie.

"There was no talk of winning in the locker room before the game," said fullback Casey Wilbur, who scored the first goal in the third minute on a header off a long throw-in from Adam Magruder. "We just wanted to play for pride."

The stunned Hawks tried to regroup after the goal, but before they could, Magruder shocked them with another long throw-in that bounced into the goal off the hands of Hawks goalkeeper Dave Marquart in the 11th minute.

"I never thought we'd get a goal on our first two throw-ins," said Oakland Mills sweeper Alex Douyan, who was moved there for this game after playing mainly midfield or forward. "They [Hawks] aren't used to being down, and they started playing our style."

The Oakland Mills style has been likened to everything from kickball to rugby and always is demeaned by opponents as not "real soccer."

Saah Johnson, one of the most skilled strikers in the area, playing his fourth game after transferring from Mount St. Joseph, is already a convert, however.

"It's a unique style, but it works," said Johnson, who was often triple-teamed whenever he got the ball. "River Hill was the more skilled team, and if we had tried to play with them, they would have punished us. We let them do their thing, were patient and let it come to us. Then we played hard and played smart."

The Scorpions never allowed River Hill to get into its game.

"We have four senior fullbacks and a senior goalkeeper, and can't defend against a throw-in," said Hawks coach Bill Stara. "We have two senior strikers who can't create a dangerous chance. Our decision-making was horrible. ... We got totally outplayed at midfield. We played like garbage from front to back."

Oakland Mills goalkeeper Dan Rogers played a solid game with 10 saves, but only one was on a dangerous shot. "After we got up 2-0, I was thinking that this is still River Hill and we can't let down," Rogers said.

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