Oakland Mills girls shock Poolesville, themselves in 1A

Little-regarded Scorpions boot defending state titlist with 4-3 edge in shootout

Soccer regional finals

High Schools

November 05, 2003|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

The Oakland Mills girls team has been through some hard times the past four years - never winning a playoff game until last Friday against Catoctin.

Megan Shea, a four-year starter and one of only five seniors on the team, fulfilled her season's goal with that win.

So when the Scorpions, who entered the playoffs with just three victories this season, upset defending Class 1A state champion Poolesville in the South regional championship game yesterday at Oakland Mills, she, along with her teammates, was happy beyond all expectations.

Shea's first goal of the season, a 30-yard direct kick over the goalkeeper into the upper left corner in the 12th minute, allowed the Scorpions to send a 1-1 game to two 10-minute overtimes and, eventually, to penalty kicks, where Oakland Mills triumphed, 4-3.

The stopper also made one of the four successful penalty kicks, along with teammates Sarah Thomas, Emily Waters and freshman Bali Boule, who hit the game-winner off the knee of Poolesville goalie Sarah Furr.

"We had no expectations coming into this game," said Shea. "We were amazed by their talent, and our goal was just to stay in the game."

Poolesville (8-3-2) returned 14 seniors from last year and was the heavy favorite to repeat as state champion. The Falcons outshot Oakland Mills, 29-8.

"This is the biggest upset I've ever been associated with," said Poolesville coach Scott Mathias. "We just didn't finish, and they had one real shot and it went in. Three-quarters of the time, the ball was at their end."

Goalkeepers Kelli Paris (four saves) and Laura Petro (three saves) both came up big for Oakland Mills, now 5-7-1 and headed to the state semifinals Friday night at Howard High. Oakland Mills last won a state title in 1995.

"This is a very good feeling," said Scorpions coach Susan Rosner. "We had people who were sick, but who went out and played, anyway. `This is unbelievable."

No. 3 Century 3, Liberty 0: Kelly Kasper and Brittany Eger scored first-half goals within 1:34 of each other, staking host Century (14-2-1) to an early lead in its win over Liberty in the Class 2A West final.

No. 5 Severna Park 3, Leonardtown 2: Down 2-0, their first halftime deficit all season, the Falcons rallied to win the Class 3A South title over the host Raiders (11-4-1)behind late goals from freshmen Lauren Stafford and Sam Young.

The Falcons (15-1) will play No.2 River Hill, the Class 3A East champ, on Friday in a rematch of last year's 3A East title game that Severna Park won in overtime.

Young scored the game-winner, finishing a crossing pass from fellow freshman Emily Zido with five minutes to play.

Boys

No. 3 River Hill 1, Wilde Lake 0: The Hawks (16-1) won their seventh regional title in eight years by defeating the Wildecats (9-7-1) in the Class 3A East region title game at Howard.

Theo Byrd scored in the seventh minute, converting a loose ball from in front of the Wilde Lake goal.

The Hawks will play Westlake in the state semifinals Friday.

Kenwood 1, Thomas Johnson 0: Senior Andy Gallagher scored four minutes into the first overtime to help the fifth-seeded Bluebirds (9-5-2) beat second-seeded Thomas Johnson at CCBC-Dundalk and capture the 4A North crown, their first regional soccer championship in school history.

Westlake 2, No. 15 Severna Park 1: Tim Remo scored in the 67th minute to break a 1-1 tie and lift the top-seeded and host Wolverines to the Class 4A South title, ending the 30-year career of Falcons coach Don Gregg, whose team finished 11-4-2.

"Right now, it's kind of empty, like you let the air out of your tires," said Gregg, who has more than 300 wins, 14 Anne Arundel County titles and two state crowns. "But you move on and let someone else take over."

Loch Raven 3, No. 9 Sparrows Point 0: The Raiders' defense, led by Dave Menninger, who marked leading Pointers scorer Kenny Dotter, recorded its eighth shutout of the season as visiting Loch Raven (12-3) upset Sparrows Point (14-2) and took the class 1A North title.

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