Stephan Triandafilou scored the winning goal with 56 seconds remaining in the first sudden-death overtime, as Wootton defeated Dulaney, 1-0, in the state Class 4A, Region I soccer final at Catonsville Community College last night.
Triandafilou's shot deflected off a Lions defender and went past the outstretched hand of goalkeeper Mason Ray.
"It wasn't the prettiest goal I ever scored," Triandafilou said, "but it ranks as one of the best."
Said Ray: "I moved left, and it hit off [Dulaney defender Mark] Conklin and went right."
The goal was the culmination of fifteen minutes of Wootton domination, in which it outshot Dulaney by a wide margin.
"I think Dulaney got tired," said Wootton coach Matt Boratenski. "It was bound to happen one way or the other."
The Lions had several chances early in the contest.
Dulaney's Chris Steer fired shot on goal that goalie Eric Reed stopped with his chest just 7 minutes, 38 seconds into the game.
Six minutes later, Clark Ledbetter missed a goal by inches to the left.
By the half, Dulaney had outshot Wootton, 8-6.
The second half was played evenly, but it was Wootton that had the best opportunities.
Max Boesch controlled a corner kick with 6:26 left and hit a shot just high. Two minutes later, Ted Sherburne seemingly scored when he headed the ball in after a shot off the crossbar. The referees, however, ruled the first shot hit the upper crossbar and was out of bounds at that point.
From there, the Patriots kept up the pressure until the end of regulation.
In other soccer action, Randy Eckrote scored off an assist from Martin Johansson with 8 minutes, 51 seconds left to give Franklin a 1-0 win over Parkville in the State Class 3A, Region III final last night at Catonsville Community College.
Johansson fed Eckrote, playing forward for the first time this season, who fired the winning shot under the goalie's arm and into the far corner of the net.
Goals by Tim Wickham, Todd Bradford and Tony Dedmond led Atholton over Damascus, 3-1, in the Class 2A, Region I final.
Dedmond also had an assist, feeding Bradford for a goal off a throw-in.
In girls 3A/4A state regional soccer action yesterday, Tina Riley and Michele Cope each scored a goal and Betsy Anderson had an assist, leading host Severna Park (14-0) over Broadneck (10-3), 2-0, in the Region III final.
The game was scoreless until midway through the second half, when Riley headed in a goal.
Cope's goal came with 2 minutes, 50 seconds left in the game.
Bridget Roberts scored from 30 yards out with 18 minutes remaining in the game to give Oakland Mills a 2-1 victory over Howard in the Region IV championship game.
Howard had taken the lead nine minutes into the game on a goal by Susan Olson, but Oakland Mills tied it up eight minutes later on a left-footed goal by Stefanie Magro.
Oakland Mills will play Old Mill at 1 p.m., and Severna Park will face C. Milton Wright at 3 Saturday at Chesapeake-AA.