Oakland Mills plays River Hill to 0-0 tie


Both teams developed several scoring opportunities but when the whistle blew ending the second 10-minute overtime, No. 8-ranked Oakland Mills and No. 9-ranked River Hill settled for a 0-0 tie yesterday at River Hill.

"It was a classic scoreless tie," Oakland Mills coach Don Shea said. "Both teams walked off the field thinking they should have scored. You have to give credit to both goalkeepers."

River Hill goalkeeper Rizvon Gill made six saves, breaking up several plays off corner kicks and long throw-ins.

"Rizvon played well and collected the air balls for us and didn't allow them to drop and give up second or third chances," Hawks coach Bill Stara said. "The mental mistakes we made in the first half started to disappear in the second half, and we did a nice job in overtime. I was proud of how they finished the game."

River Hill (2-2-2 overall, 0-1-1 league) put plenty of pressure on Oakland Mills (3-2-1, 0-0-1) in the second overtime. Justin Hughes kicked a shot that rattled off the far post with 6:30 left. Pat Nairin's header with less than two minutes to play bounded hard off the crossbar and back into play.

The Hawks mounted one final fast break that Oakland Mills senior sweeper Kyle Farmer headed out.

Oakland Mills goalkeeper T. J. Gleason made four saves and generally played a mistake-free game.

In the first overtime, senior striker Trevor Shea, the Oakland Mills coach's son and the team's leading scorer, kicked a hard shot just over the crossbar with 3:35 left. He had the best opportunity of the day in the game's opening minutes but mis-kicked a breakaway.

"I should have made it," Shea said. "It went off my shin."

River Hill took 10 corner kicks and Oakland Mills seven, an unusually high number for these teams who are normally deadly off such set pieces.

Oakland Mills' outside backs frequently had trouble keeping their long kicks inbounds, and several Scorpions throw-ins down the sidelines sailed out of bounds without being touched, thereby creating further unforced turnovers.

"We're two young and inexperienced teams," said coach Don Shea, who returned five starters from last season's Class 1A state championship team. "I think we probably would have done better over at our place on a narrower field with all the long throws and corners we had."

River Hill graduated its entire starting team and has struggled after winning three straight state titles.

"Rustin Brown played the best game he's played this season," Stara said. "He made himself a factor at midfield."

River Hill leads the series between the two schools, three games to one. This was the first tie.

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