Oakland Mills took 20 shots last night.
That was in the second half.
But the Scorpions' failure to score in the second half made the last few minutes of their 1A-2A South Region final against Hammond very interesting.
"It was very scary," said Oakland Mills defender Michelle Osterberger, whose kick save of a Michelle Jenkins' shot with two minutes left kept the score intact. "It was a 1-0 game and anything can happen. Luckily, we held on."
The Scorpions' 1-0 victory at Howard means they play Saturday against North Harford in a state semifinal at Catonsville High.
Oakland Mills (7-6-2) scored four minutes into the game when striker Ginny Dye dribbled into the left corner and passed to Noelle Brown.
The sophomore midfielder took the ball near the middle of the field and shot past goal Lindsey Mitchell into the right corner of the net.
"That's one of our trademark plays to take it to the corner and drop it back," said Dye.
"It worked out pretty well," said Brown, who scored the winning goal in last week's semifinal win over Wilde Lake with her left foot off an assist from Dye.
"There was really no one around me."
For the rest of the half Hammond (5-11), which lost to Oakland Mills 4-0 just 15 days ago, kept a lot of pressure on the Scorpions by using the wind at its back and aggressive play.
But Oakland Mills had the strong wind in the second half.
"They really put a lot of pressure on us [in the second half]," said Mitchell, a freshman goalie who had 15 saves. "We did really well in the first half but we couldn't get it in the net. We did our best."
Oakland Mills did everything but score in the second half. Credit that to Mitchell, who Hammond coach Dave Guetler said had her "best game of the season," and to Scorpions shots that went wide and high.
"We had more than enough chances," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters, whose team reached the 1A-2A state final last year before losing to Fallston.
"It's one of those things. I think we played well. We just didn't finish. I think Hammond played well. They did everything they could."