Five seems to be the magic number for Glenelg's two-dimensional offensive machine.
The No. 15-ranked Gladiators upset eighth-ranked Oakland Mills yesterday, 5-0, and now have scored five goals five times.
The Gladiators (10-1 overall, 6-1 Howard County league), tied for first place with River Hill, whom they play Thursday, can score equally well from the field or off dead-ball plays. Against Oakland Mills, however, all five goals came off dead balls - three throw-ins, one corner kick and one direct kick.
The first three goals, in the 11th, 19th and 35th minutes, all resulted from long Matthew Showman throw-ins.
"I've been looking forward to this game ever since it was postponed," said Showman, a 6-foot-1 junior. "I was a little intimidated because they had beaten River Hill. I thought they'd be stronger on the ball. We just beat them at their game."
Oakland Mills' game normally is the long throw-in. It has scored only four goals from the field all season.
But the Scorpions (7-3, 3-3), who have allowed 16 goals in their past three games after giving up only five in their first seven games, seemed determined not to score off dead-ball plays.
Adam Magruder, their best thrower with a 40-yard range, didn't throw one more than 10 yards, and every throw was at someone's feet. And the Scorpions kicked three direct kicks to the sidelines.
Josh Burford got the game's first goal on a right-footed volley. He leads the county with 12 goals and four assists.
Kyle Beliczky scored the second goal on a volley, and Lars Hill made it 3-0 at the half.
A direct kick by Brad Costantino off the goalkeeper in the 48th minute produced the fourth goal. And a corner kick by Costantino was volleyed in by Brendan Lewis.