Oakland Mills bows to seniors, Hebron

No. 1 keeps with tradition, plays all its seniors to drop first game of season, 3-0

Boys soccer

October 22, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Oakland Mills boys soccer coach Don Shea showed once again yesterday that he cares about tradition and state championships - not about No. 1 rankings and undefeated seasons.

The Scorpions, who haven't had an undefeated season since 1988 but have a record 12 state championships, have a long tradition of playing all seniors for most of the first half of their final regular-season home game.

And with a patchwork senior-day lineup, the No. 1-ranked and previously undefeated Scorpions were beaten by No. 9 Mount Hebron, 3-0. The loss broke a string of eight straight shutouts by Oakland Mills (11-1, 9-1 Howard County).

Shea predicted the exact score two days ago.

"Unfortunately we had to play a very talented team today, and the seniors could not hold their own," said Shea, who normally starts a sophomore, three juniors and seven seniors.

He juggled his lineup so that only four seniors were playing their normal position. Third-string freshman goalkeeper Paul Spranklin was called up from JV for this game and surrendered goals in each half. Two other freshmen called up from JV also got playing time. Shea used 30 players.

Mount Hebron's first goal was scored off senior second-string goalkeeper Michael Beare. First-string All-County goalkeeper Dan Rogers, who has allowed one goal all season, made six saves before being removed after playing the first 23 minutes and not allowing a goal.

"I didn't know they weren't playing their starters," said senior Vikings striker Tim Han, who scored the first two goals in the last 10 minutes of the first half. "It's still a win for us. We played our game, worked the ball well and capitalized on our chances."

With the state soccer pairings released Monday, numerous schools had scouts watching yesterday's game.

"They won't have a clue," said Oakland Mills' Alex Douyon, who played out of position at sweeper. "We didn't care about this game. We already clinched a tie for the county title."

Oakland Mills never had its entire starting team on the field.

Vikings coach Mike Linsenmeyer was hoping his team would get a tougher game from Oakland Mills because the Vikings (11-2, 9-2) won't play again until Oct. 31 after receiving two playoff byes.

"We did what we needed to do," he said. "Coach Shea is a great coach who knows what he's doing and does a great job with his kids who are respectful."

Jimmy Zabel scored Mount Hebron's third goal with 2:40 left to play on a header off a corner kick by Josh Bostick. Chris Franzcowski assisted on the first goal and Robbie Carper assisted on the second goal.

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