Arundel, Oakland Mills can't find the net; Winless, tough Scorps shut down Cats' Queen; Girls soccer


Oakland Mills and Arundel worked 80 minutes of regulation and 20 more in extra time for a deciding answer on offense yesterday.

One never came.

Strong play in goal, tough marking, and an inability to finish on both teams' parts resulted in a 0-0 draw in Columbia.

Arundel, focusing on getting the ball to senior striker Abria Queen, had the better chances, particularly in the two overtime periods.

But Oakland Mills' answers were back Stephanie Amponsah, who stayed step-for-step with Queen, and 13 saves by senior goalkeeper Nicole Petro.

The Scorpions relied on Molly Sunderdick's dangerous long throw and Rachel Clinton's speed at wing. Their best chance, a long throw-in by Sunderdick five minutes into play, went through Arundel keeper Jamie Holman's hands, but senior defender Stephanie Battista cleared the ball off the line.

Playing a challenging early-season schedule that included the highly-regarded McDonogh Tournament, the Class 1A Scorpions (0-4-1) were pleased to get the tie against big-school Arundel as they ready themselves for their Howard County opener on Tuesday.

"We load up the early schedule to get tough fast and get better fast," said Oakland Mills coach Steve Matters. "I was pleased, and we have to take the positives from this. Arundel is a good team, and we played with them the whole way. It could have gone either way."

Scoring hadn't been a problem for the Wildcats (2-0-1). In wins over North County and Southern, seven players scored nine goals.

But, said Arundel coach Tom Degner, "It's not a boxing match, where you can win on points. You need the knockout, and we didn't get it today. I was pleased how we played, disappointed we couldn't take advantage of our chances. It was an enjoyable game, and Oakland Mills also had its chances."

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