Rogers saves Oakland Mills, 1-0

No. 1 Scorps top Glenelg behind goalie's 11 stops

Boys soccer

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October 08, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Goalkeeper Dan Rogers made 11 saves and recorded his fifth straight shutout as top-ranked and unbeaten Oakland Mills turned away fired-up No. 14 Glenelg yesterday, 1-0.

With Glenelg trying to convert on its narrow field off four long and dangerous throws-ins and one corner kick in the opening minutes of the second half of a scoreless game, Rogers made two diving saves. He added another nerve-jangling save later in the half on a blast from close range.

"I felt we won because of our goalkeeper," said Scorpions coach Don Shea. "Both goalkeepers were on, and theirs made several key saves before we finally put one in that we should have."

Oakland Mills sophomore sweeper Kevin Gibson scored in the 70th minute on a header off a long throw-in by Brian Hamilton. It was Gibson's second goal this season and Hamilton's fourth assist.

Gibson anchored a Scorpions defense that included Jason Jannati, Kyle Marcon and Abraham Larrobra. It was the third straight 1-0 victory for Oakland Mills (8-0 overall, 6-0 league), which completed a run of four straight difficult opponents that included Wilde Lake, River Hill and Centennial.

"There was a lot of pressure back there," Gibson said. "You really have to keep your head."

Glenelg (8-3, 5-2) had 16 long throw-ins, two corner kicks and three direct kicks as it forced Oakland Mills to defend in front of its own goal again and again.

"Glenelg was fired up and ready to play because we're everyone's biggest game," Rogers said. "But it's tough for us to get up for every game. We came out soft. Our guys weren't ready for them. Rarely do I get shot on like that because our defense is so good. We made a lot of mental mistakes."

It was the first time in four seasons that Oakland Mills has beaten Glenelg in a regular-season game; the Gladiators defeated the Scorpions last season, 5-0.

Glenelg's Gary Coble marked Oakland Mills' scoring leader, Saah Johnson (12 goals, five assists), and with the help of teammates Joey Osborne, Kyle Hasty and Ben Cobleigh, he kept Johnson from scoring for the first time this season. Johnson was usually triple-teamed every time he tried to turn with the ball and never got a shot.

"He's extremely hard to guard," Coble said of Johnson. "He's stronger than I thought and plays well with his back to the ball. Anytime the No. 1-ranked team comes into your house, you're going to be fired up. We outplayed them but couldn't score."

Glenelg goalkeeper Kyle Goldman made six saves.

"We were disciplined today and followed instructions well," said Glenelg coach Peter Klisas. "Their keeper kept them in it."

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