Wilde Lake's 5-0 drubbing of Oakland Mills on Friday should erase any lingering doubts about whether the Wildecats are for real this season.
The defeat was one of the worst ever handed to an Oakland Mills boys soccer team. The Scorpions (1-4-1 overall, 0-1 league) are defending state Class 3A champs and hadn't lost to Wilde Lake since 1987.
Wilde Lake's two stars, Hamisi Amani-Dove and Matt Nesbitt, scored two goals apiece, and Amani-Dove also contributed an assist.
Nesbitt broke into a big grin after the game. He was wearing a lucky Mighty Mouse T-shirt for the fourth straight game -- all victories for Wilde Lake (4-1, 1-0).
FOR THE RECORD - Two captions for pictures in Sunday's Howard County Sun misidentified a Wilde Lake soccer player. The player in pictures on Pages 24 and 27 is Hamisi Amani-Dove.
"The only game I didn't wear it we lost to Archbishop Curley," Nesbitt said. "I've got to get this washed for the next game."
Wildecats goalie Todd Bradford, who had an easy day with just four saves, played forward in the second half and scored WildeLake's fifth goal on a spectacular individual effort. Bradford beat three defenders to bang one into the net from the right side.
Junior sweeper Cory Sautter played a strong game in the back
for WildeLake. Fullbacks Yohan Choi and Mike Aballo, Diego Valverde and Lubitz also helped hold the Scorpions scoreless.
Wilde Lake actually worked the right side for all five of its goals as Oakland Mills' left wing fullback position proved especially weak.
"We didn't plan to work the right side," Amani-Dove said. "It just happened."
Both Amani-Dove and Nesbitt expected to be marked but weren't.
"We didn'tmark them because we didn't have anyone good enough to stay with them," Oakland Mills coach Don Shea said.
The 'Cats dynamic duo were able to move seemingly at will.
"I felt like I could do anything Iwanted," Matt Nesbitt said. "Their defense seemed intimidated."
"They just couldn't stay with us," Amani-Dove said.
The victory wiped away three years of frustration for the two players because it wasthe first time Wilde Lake had beaten Oakland Mills during their careers.
"We wanted a big score but we didn't know how big it would be," Nesbitt said.
Nesbitt and Amani-Dove were removed from the game15 minutes into the second half by Wilde Lake Coach Dave Nesbitt as a gesture of sportsmanship. They left shortly after Matt Nesbitt, thecoach's son, scored Wilde Lake's fourth goal on a pass from Amani-Dove. Oakland Mills goalie Jason Kranefeld was caught out of the net onthe play.
It was Nesbitt's sixth goal to go with five assists this season. Amani-Dove has six goals and four assists.
Wilde Lake wasted no time proving its dominance. Four minutes into the game Nesbitt converted a penalty kick.
Amani-Dove made it 2-0 in the 15th minute when he took a pass from David Lubitz, raced down the right side and drilled a shot inside the far post. Amani-Dove scored again on a similar play, this time off a pass from Yohan Choi, in the 38th minute to make the score 3-0 at halftime.
"Wilde Lake has the two studs(Amani-Dove and Nesbitt) and its complementary players do their roles well," Shea said. "They one-touched it to the studs, who had the poise to freeze our players.
"Since we lost to Bel Air and were eliminated from the playoffs, the team has lost its focus," hesaid.
"Playing against a big rival like Wilde Lake in the mental condition we're in, anything could have happened. The best team won, plain and simple.
"The only one who didn't quit for us was our sophomore captain, Teddy Lawler," Shea said.
Wilde Lake frequently switched the ball from one side of the field to the other, a strategy that paid dividends.
Wilde Lake took 11 shots and scored on five -- an outstanding percentage. The Wildecats hit on two of their three second half shots.