Wilde Lake's boys soccer team has advanced to Saturday's state semifinals by winning the Class 1A Region II soccer championship.
The Wildecats defeated defending Class 1A champion Brunswick of Frederick County in double overtime, 3-2, Saturday night at Thomas Johnson HighSchool in Frederick.
Wilde Lake (11-2-1) scored the winning goal two minutes into the second 10-minute overtime period, when Matt Nesbitt beat Brunswick's goalie one-on-one. It was Nesbitt's 14th goal of the year.
Hamisi Amani-Dove gave the Wildecats a 1-0 lead on his 14th goal 15 minutes into the first half, but the Railroaders tied it, 1-1, before halftime.
Mike Curtis's goal 15 minutes into the second half gave Wilde Lake the lead, 2-1. But with 10 minutes to play, Brunswick (10-3-1) tied the game again, 2-2.
"Brunswick scored on two well-taken shots," Wilde Lake coach Dave Nesbitt said. "Brunswick was an athletic teamwith speed that counterattacked quickly, but we dominated possession."
The top-seeded Wildecats created many scoring opportunities in overtime before Nesbitt scored the game-winner.
Wilde Lake was top-seeded in the regional playoff, and Nesbitt said he wasn't happy about not having the home-field advantage.
"The tournament chairman expected Brunswick to be the top seed again because they were defending state champs, so the location was set up way in advance," Nesbitt said. "Our fans were outnumbered 3-1, but I guess it was a helpful experience for our kids to go into that kind of environment and still win."
Wilde Lake is second-seeded and scheduled to play third-seededFallston in the state semifinal at 5 p.m. Saturday at South Hagerstown High School. The Wildecats defeated the Cougars earlier this season at Wilde Lake, 2-0.
"Fallston has two good kids up top, and it will be their two against our two (Nesbitt and Amani-Dove)," Nesbitt said. "Fallston will probably mark up our two and stack the defense, and then try to counterattack quickly."
Top-seeded Clear Spring will play fourth-seeded Easton at 7 p.m.
Other county squads in statesemifinal action:
* Centennial's unbeaten boys play Franklin of Baltimore County at 5 p.m. Saturday at Gaithersburg High School.
* Centennial's undefeated girls play undefeated and top-seeded Old Millof Anne Arundel at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Glen Burnie High School.
* Hammond's girls play North Carroll at Liberty High School 5:30. p.m. Friday.
* Wilde Lake's girls play top-seeded Loch Raven at 7:30p.m. Friday at Liberty.