Oakland Mills goes with wind, tops Aberdeen, 3-0

Boys soccer

High Schools

September 09, 2004|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Freshman Cory Marcon, sophomore Chris Finney and junior Robert Silva will always share something in common as their Oakland Mills varsity soccer careers progress.

They can all say they scored their first varsity goals against Aberdeen in yesterday's season-opening, 3-0 victory at Oakland Mills. It also happened to be Mike Libber's coaching debut for the No. 7-ranked Scorpions.

After pounding defending Harford County co-champion Aberdeen with more than a dozen unsuccessful shots during a scoreless first half when they had a significant wind at their backs, the Scorpions broke open the game in the second half while attacking into the wind.

Marcon scored in the opening minutes of that half, after taking a cross from Finney at the 18-yard line.

"I dove and kneed it to the far post," Marcon said. "There was a lot of pressure on me starting as a freshman."

That goal took a lot of the heart away from Aberdeen.

About 10 minutes into the second half, Silva sank the Eagles with a goal from the 18-yard line to the left post, making it 2-0.

And Finney made it 3-0 on a breakaway later in the half. Sophomore Aberdeen goalkeeper Will Taylor, who made 13 saves in his varsity debut, tried to dive and break up the play. Finney kept his composure, however, and dribbled deftly around Taylor before shooting right-footed - just beating another charging Aberdeen defender.

"We worked the ball well," Libber said. "In the first half, we played 100 mph, and I told them to relax in the second half."

Kevin Gibson, a 6-1 junior central defender and returning All-County player, was disappointed at missing five headers, one off the crossbar, but he led a three-man backfield that Oakland Mills played for the first time.

The Scorpions employed a five-man midfield that helped create plenty of offense. It included Steven Manis, Marcon, Eduardo Nunez, Tim Murphy and Jimmy Foy.

"Murphy was the man of the match for us," Libber said. "He kept his composure. Our sophomore goalkeeper, Paul Spranklin, also made three or four key saves."

One of Spranklin's nine saves was especially spectacular. He dove left shortly after the Scorpions went up 2-0. That save prevented the Eagles from climbing back into the game.

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