Wilde Lake ruined Atholton's shot at a Howard County boys soccer co-championship by defeating the Raiders, 2-1, yesterday at Wilde Lake.
An Atholton victory would have tied the 13th-ranked Raiders (6-4-2 overall, 4-1-2 league) with top-ranked Centennial for the championship. Atholton played Centennial to a 3-3 tie Tuesday.
The No. 4 Wildecats (9-2-1, 5-1-1) jumped ahead, 1-0, in the 25th minute of the first half on a goal by Hamisi Amani-Dove, his 13th of the season. Amani-Dove headed in a 30-yard free kick from Mike Curtis at the 10-yard line.
Wilde Lake increased its lead to 2-0 in the 20th minute of the second half on a 10-yard kick by GianPaulo Einaudi. He rebounded a header by Kweisi Ewol-Robotham that had hit the right post and bounced back in front of the goal.
Atholton applied some intense offensive pressure in the second half, outshooting Wilde Lake 11-4, but failed to finish several good opportunities.
The Raiders' David Kelley finally scored from 15 yards out in the 25th minute of the second half off an assist by Tim Whitcome.
But Wilde Lake hung on, helped by the play of sweeper Cory Sautter and goalkeeper Todd Bradford, who made two great saves. Amani-Dove also dropped back to a defensive midfield position in the second half and contributed several key plays.
Senior forward Terri Bogle scored her third goal in two games to lead No. 2 Old Mill past No. 5 Chesapeake, 1-0, in a battle of undefeated Anne Arundel County girls soccer teams.
Bogle's goal off a Lisa Gallicchio corner kick at 8 minutes, 37 seconds of the first half enabled the host Patriots to finish the regular season at 12-0 and atop the Friendship Division (5-0). Chesapeake is 10-1-1 and 3-1-1.
Both teams are seeded No. 1 in the upcoming regional playoffs. Old Mill meets Franklin at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Class 3A/4A Region II, and the Cougars face county rival South River at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in Class 4A/3A Region III.
Bogle netted both Old Mill goals in a 2-1 win over Severna Park Tuesday, and now has 10 goals this season. "With [sophomore forward] Michelle Salmon marked so closely, Terri just rises to the occasion. She's so hungry, she wants every ball," said Patriots coach Bruce Sponsler.
Chesapeake coach Lin Sullivan said, "With Salmon, Bogle and [Teri] Lee, when you hold Old Mill to one goal, you must be doing something right.
"The only thing I'm disappointed in is the score. I'm happy with the way the girls played."
The Cougars had a couple opportunities to tie the game in the final 1:30, but Gallicchio alertly cleared the ball from in front of the net after a Chesapeake indirect kick, and a Jamie Long blast from about 10 yards out was smothered by Old Mill sophomore keeper Jackie Bardelli.
The Patriots' defense, led by junior sweeper Lori Lynch, enjoyed another strong game. "We wanted to take the ball wide and use the speed of our wings, but that was pretty much neutralized," Sullivan said.
Sponsler said, "I didn't think one goal would hold up, but it did."
Roch Eric Kubatko