Oakland Mills only needed one scoring combination yesterday -- Tricia Witte and Ginny Dye.
The two explosive players accounted for all the Scorpions goals -- including one on a two-on-three break when Dye drew the defenders and then found Witte open for the game-winner -- in a 3-2 double-overtime victory over visiting No. 8 Fallston (1-2).
The No. 13 Scorpions (3-0) got two goals from senior striker Witte, who also had an assist. Sophomore midfielder Dye provided a goal and an assist.
Fallston dominated the second half on shots, 16-3, so Scorpions coach Steve Matters decided to make a switch. Hoping to get a boost from her speed, Matters moved Dye up top.
"Everybody was tired, but I felt Ginny could give that little something extra," said Matters. "I was thinking -- I wasn't sure it would work -- but I was thinking if I got her up there, I knew she could give you that burst of speed. And Tricia can play off her better than the other ones."
The move worked as Dye intercepted a ball at midfield and carried it down the right wing. She held on until she drew the Cougars defenders and then passed to Witte breaking toward the far side. Witte carried the ball for three strides and shot past Fallston keeper Suzy Harrison (nine saves) into the far corner of the net.
Fullback Holly King was the closest Cougar, but she said she just couldn't catch Witte. "I usually can count on my speed and it just wasn't there. I thought I could catch her but she pulled out on the side and got the shot off," said King, who along with sweeper Beth Rappold thwarted several other fast breaks aimed at Witte.
In regulation, each team dominated a half with the Scorpions opening strong. Dye scored the first goal on a feed from Witte. Witte added the second unassisted to put the Scorpions on top, 2-0, at the 15:26 mark.
Fallston threatened a bit in the first half as each team managed nine shots, but the Cougars simply had no support for their strikers. Without a second effort, the Cougars couldn't get the ball past Oakland Mills freshman keeper Nyiesha Ford, who finished with 16 saves.
In the second half, however, coach Nancy Ferguson's Cougars, bounced back with a devasting offensive surge that lasted practically the entire half. Courtney Benner scored two goals in the first 15 minutes of the half as the Cougars blocked nearly every Scorpions attempt to clear the ball.
Even with a better offensive push, however, the Cougars couldn't keep finishing. Striker Beth Blasi outmaneuvered Oakland Mills' defenders time and again only to come up short at the net.
The Cougars also dominated the first 10-minute overtime, outshooting Oakland Mills 6-2, but again they couldn't finish.