Oakland Mills christened its new turf field with a pair of victories Saturday in its own Scorpion Invitational, defeating La Plata, 3-0, and Paint Branch, 4-1.
Between the two games, the Scorpions never trailed and got goals from five different guys. More importantly in the eyes of coach Don Shea, Oakland Mills managed to get game experience for its entire roster of over 30 players.
“Today served its purpose,” Shea said. “We played 32 kids, which really should help us as we build the depth for Howard County later on. We have a lot of options and we keep coming at you.”
Paint Branch, which had defeated Loch Raven, 5-0, in its opening game of the day, saw the relentlessness of the Oakland Mills attack first hand. The Scorpions got on the board first in the sixth minute, with Andrew Vincent converting a penalty kick, and then pushed their lead to two with seven minutes left before halftime when Hymad N’diaye finished a ball that was deflected to him by Eli Phillips.
Then, after Paint Branch trimmed the lead to one in the final minute of the first half, Oakland Mills’ John Caldwell headed home a corner kick by Vincent 15 minutes out of halftime to increase the lead once again.
“Whenever you see us score you’ll hear us yell ‘45,’ basically as a reminder to ourselves to calm down and get back to the game,” Caldwell said. “We have our 45 seconds of celebration and then it’s time to go out and do it again.”
With just over five minutes to go, sophomore Javier Avetrani added a little extra icing on the cake by converting a free kick from outside the box into the right side of the net.
Earlier in the day, against La Plata, Avetrani and Caldwell had also each scored goals during the Scorpions’ shutout victory. Caldwell finished a rebound off a shot from Hans Kouame to make it 1-0 in the opening three minutes. Then, shortly after that in the first half, Avetrani finished off a feed from N’diaye.
Ovidio Pereira accounted for the team’s other goal, also in the first half, off an assist from Vincent.
Momentum in hand, Oakland Mills now turns its attention to its county opener on Tuesday against Long Reach.
“It feels great to get a couple (wins) to start. We did it last year and now we’ve done it again this year,” Caldwell said. “It feels like we’re headed somewhere and I think we’re all just excited to keep going.”
Oakland Mills 4, Paint Branch 1
Goals: OM – Vincent, N’diaye, Caldwell, Avetrani; PB – N/A.
Assists: OM – Phillips, Vincent.
Saves: OM – Zovko 3, Rheingans-Yoo 2; PB – N/A.
Half: 2-1 OM.
Oakland Mills 3, La Plata 0
Goals: OM – Caldwell, Avetrani, Pereira.
Assists: OM – N’diaye, Kouame, Vincent.
Saves: OM – Rheingans-Yoo 6, Zovko 2.
Half: 3-0 OM.
Marriotts Ridge 1, Whitman 0 OT
With three minutes left in the first overtime of a scoreless game, Amir Najib played a through pass to a streaking Jeff Kammerer for a breakaway goal that clinched the second win in as many days for the Mustangs.
After missing a similar transition chance just minutes earlier, Kammerer made the most of his shot at redemption. The goal brought the Marriotts Ridge bench spilling onto the field to celebrate what coach Kevin Flynn called a “huge” victory.
“This was big, no question. Whitman, I would say, is one of the best teams we’ve ever played — quality players all over the field,” Flynn said. “We really had to hold them off, but I was really proud of our guys for getting tougher and tougher as the game went on.
“You learn a lot from playing games like this.”
Goal: MR – Kammerer.
Assist: MR – Najib.
Saves: MR – Dryja 7; W — Atkinson 3.
River Hill 4, Catonsville 0
The Hawks completed a sweep of its two games at the Catonsville Tournament, pulling away from host Catonsville in the second half with three scores to build on what was only a one-goal lead at the break.
Jake Turney, Mike Faderin, Addison Testoff and Chris Lee accounted for the goals, while Alec Smith and Mike Heitzmann registered assists.
“I thought we player pretty well today, especially that second half against Catonsville,” River Hill coach Matt Shagogue said. “We were able to open things up a little bit and score in a number of different ways.
“The best thing is we’re getting production from a lot of kids, which is very encouraging heading into our first major test on Tuesday against Reservoir.”
Goals: RH – Turney, Faderin, Testoff, Lee.
Assists: RH – Heitzmann, Smith.
Saves: RH – Pats 2.
River Hill 7, Dundalk 0
Goals: Heitzmann 2, Turney, Faderin, Testoff, Meme, (own goal).
Assists: Turney 2.
Atholton 3, St. Marys Ryken 2
Goals: A – Royalty, Durham, Tolson; SM –N/A.
Assists: A – Brosnan 2, Johnson. SM – N/A.
Saves: A – Choi 6; SM – N/A.
Meade 4, Atholton 0
Patapsco 3, Hammond 1
Wilde Lake 3, North County 3
Reservoir 2, Richard Montgomery 1
Mt. Hebron 4, Seneca Valley 1
The Vikings were ahead 4-0 at the half and cruised to the win.
Mt. Hebron 2, Magruder 0
In the finals of the tournament, Mt. Hebron earned the shutout. Between the team's two tournament games, Atticus Cooke and Johnny Linsenmeyer each had two goals, while Alec Vaughn and Jon Horrocks contributed one goal apiece. Horrocks added three assists and Cooke, Anand Pradeep and Nolan Hoolachan had one.
Glenelg 1, Liberty 0