The news wasn't good for the top-ranked River Hill boys team that its All-Met forward, Adom Crew, played the entire soccer game against No. 7 Oakland Mills yesterday. In the end, Crew made sure the news was worse for Oakland Mills, scoring the game-winning goal three minutes into sudden-death overtime as the Hawks defeated host Oakland Mills, 1-0, before 700 in Columbia.
Crew and the rest of the River Hill attack normally play about half the game because Coach Bill Stara replaces them as soon as the Hawks (4-0) score their third goal. But a strong performance from Oakland Mills' defense and goalkeeper Matt Ebeling's 14 saves kept River Hill's offense frustrated until overtime--and kept Crew in the game.
The game-winner came after Ebeling parried away a corner kick from Cliff Jackson. The ball fell to Brett Endler, whose 15-foot shot was deflected by Ebeling--but caromed to Crew, who took it in the air and volleyed with his right foot past Ebeling.
"Oakland Mills is a great team, and we knew this would be a tough game," Crew said. "They took us out of our rhythm on offense. But on the goal, I saw [Ebeling] deflect Brett's shot and the ball came right to me."
Oakland Mills (4-1) finished with 13 shots--including eight in the second half--but were thwarted by River Hill goalie Mike Dibella (seven saves) and central defenders Elliott Marquis and Kyle O'Brien. For the season, the Hawks have given up three goals for a 0.75 goals-against average.
While Crew and his teammates celebrated the winning goal, several of the Scorpions left the field in tears.
"We knew this would be a tough game," Stara said. "Oakland Mills is very good. We are lucky that Adom got his chance and buried it."
Defending Maryland 2A champion Centennial defeated host Hammond, 2-1, on the strength of two goals by Julie Richter.
"We played really well in the first 30 minutes, and Hammond poured it on at the end," Centennial Coach Mike Senisi said. The Golden Bears (5-1, 1-1) were stymied by Eagles goalkeeper Erica Niemann (11 saves). Niemann also stopped two breakaways as Centennial improved to 5-2, 2-0.
Richter has four goals and three assists. . . .
In a key Prince George's girls contest, visiting Bowie tied Eleanor Roosevelt, 1-1.
The Bulldogs, who had to forfeit their first two games because of an ineligible player, improved to 2-2-1 on the season. Bowie is the defending county champion.
Sophomore midfielder Meghan Morse scored the Bulldogs' lone goal of the game 10 minutes into the contest. The Raiders (3-3-1) drew even on Christie Kindrock goal in the 48th minute.
Special correspondent Bryan Tucker contributed to this report.