John Caldwell, of Oakland Mills Scorpion soccer, explains the mechanics of a penalty kick and the mental Chess between kicker and goalie, followed by a penalty shootout competition. (Jon Sham/Baltimore Sun video)

The Oakland Mills boys soccer team put together its highest overall win total (13) of the past decade last fall, finishing third in the county standings and making the 2A North regional championship along the way.

The team’s mix of senior leadership and young talent was the backbone of that breakthrough campaign. John Caldwell, who will be a junior this year, is one of those underclassmen that are now hoping to help the Scorpions take that next step toward competing for a county championship.

Caldwell finished his sophomore year season with five goals and five assists. That point total (15) put him among the county’s top 20 scorers.