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Glenelg boys soccer pulls away for 2-0 shutout of Oakland Mills

Andrew Heisig and Amanuel Rizk provided the goals and Glenelg's defense did the rest, as the Gladiators boys soccer team played what coach Andrew Shearer called "our best game of the season," on Thursday.

The Gladiators got both their scores in the second half on the way to the 2-0 victory over Oakland Mills, improving the team to 3-4 in county play this fall.

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"I was very happy with today … the best we've played no question," Shearer said. "We've had to make a few adjustments, move some people around, but it really worked out today. I think these guys are realizing that they need to step up and they are meeting that challenge."

The victory over Oakland Mills marks the second win in the last three games for Glenelg and, as they hit the final stretch of the regular season, the team appears to be trending in the right direction.

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"The possession is probably the biggest difference these last few games … but we're also doing a nice job with overall speed of play and winning the 50-50 balls," said Heisig, who scored twice in the team's loss to Mt. Hebron on Monday in addition to his goal on Thursday against the Scorpions.

"I think you can see that all of us are just wanting it a little bit more."

Neither team found the net in the first half, with possession being fairly evenly split. Glenelg goalie John Levee made a pair of saves and Oakland Mills goalie Trevor Flores stopped three shots in the opening 40 minutes to keep the game scoreless.

But during intermission Shearer said that he told his guys to keep pressing forward, stating that he saw some good things from his group in the early going that were going to lead to some quality scoring opportunities. Scoring first, Shearer said, was extremely important.

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"I told them, I think one goal finishes this game. I said to the guys, we score once and I think they're going to shut down," he said. "We were persistent with high pressure up top and we were able to start capitalizing on our chances."

It took just over three minutes out of intermission for Glenelg to break through. Noel Getachew played a ball to the right wing to Heisig, who scored to make it 1-0.

"Noel gave me a great feed right down the seam and it was just an easy finish for me," Heisig said.

It remained a one-goal game until there were 15 minutes left and Rizk got into the scoring action. Dribbling through a trio of defenders, the junior midfielder got himself some space and delivered a hard shot into the back of the net.

The Glenelg defense, which had goalie Alexander LeFerve (2 saves) anchoring it during the second half, held strong until the final whistle for the team's third shutout this fall.

Glenelg 2, Oakland Mills 0

Goals: G – Heisig, Rizk.

Assist: G – Getachew.

Saves: G – Levee 2, LeFerve 2; OM – Flores 5, Hilker 1.

Half: 0-0.

Other scores:

Reservoir 3, Howard 2 2OT

Goals: Re - Harris 2, Gueye; Ho - Bruner, Boyer.

Assists: Re - Saunderson 3.

Saves: Re - Dachao 2; Ho - Bowen 9.

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