Oakland Mills sophomore Molly Sunderdick has scored goals before. But not like the one she had yesterday at Centennial.
"It's the first goal that really meant something," Sunderdick said.
With one kick Sunderdick ended six years of frustration for the 13th-ranked Scorpions as they defeated Centennial, 1-0. The last time Oakland Mills (5-2-1 overall, 3-0 league) defeated the Eagles (2-2-1, 2-1) was 1990.
"Last year we had only one loss in the county, and it was to them," said Oakland Mills junior sweeper Kate Anderson. "They beat us by one goal [2-1]. We had to show them we're still here and that we're going to contend for the county."
The Scorpions' victory and Hammond's 2-0 triumph over Mount Hebron leaves Oakland Mills and River Hill as the only unbeaten teams left in the county race. Those two teams meet Friday at River Hill.
Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters took the victory in stride.
"It's nice, but it's just another game," said Matters. "We played better then we did Friday [a 1-0 win over Wilde Lake], and that's what we're hoping for. We want to keep improving, and minimize our mistakes and maximize our opportunities."
Sunderdick scored off a re-start from Anderson, who took the kick near the right sideline, 25 yards out. Anderson's kick rolled through the penalty box and headed for the far post. Sunderdick got to the ball first and put it past freshman goalie Erica Neiman.
"I was surprised that no one [from Centennial] got a foot on it," Sunderdick said. "I was at the right place at the right time."
"There was some miscommunication," said Centennial's Mandy Zachmann. "That goal should not have happened."
Centennial coach Mike Senisi said he was "disappointed" with his team's play. "We didn't come out ready to play and they did," Senisi said. "We didn't want it bad enough. It was a good win for them. They deserved it and we didn't."
Hammond 2, No. 11 Mount Hebron 0: Ashley Payne and Michelle Jenkins scored second-half goals and fullback Kelly Workman had a strong game as the Golden Bears (3-4, 2-1) upset the host Vikings (4-2, 2-1).
No. 14 River Hill 2, Glenelg 1 OT: Sophomore Jessica Goertler scored halfway through the first sudden-death overtime to give the Hawks (5-1, 3-0) the victory at Glenelg (1-5-2, 1-2). Glenelg led 1-0 at halftime on goal by Melissa Wilder. Kathy Gaertner tied the game for River Hill.
Pub Date: 9/29/97