In the 27 years of Lutheran School, the Saints have marched into the Maryland Scholastic Association soccer playoffs just twice.
Both times, though, they've marched out with a trophy.
With a 3-2 win over Southern of Baltimore in the B Conference title game yesterday at Essex Community College, Lutheran (15-4-1) claimed its first conference title since 1975 -- before some of the current players were born.
"Nobody knew Lutheran soccer," said back Dave Adams. "Before this year, everybody just laughed at us. Now we're back on the map."
Forward Jeremy Trimble scored twice within 11 minutes midway through the second half to give Lutheran control of the game.
Said Saints coach Paul Doerr: "With his speed, we tried to get him the ball and let him just do his thing. Today, he was able to do it twice."
Trimble's first score, 11:38 into the second half, gave the Saints their first lead, 2-1. He got the ball off an indirect kick from Matt Kunkle and grounded it past goalkeeper David Schoppert.
With 17:59 left, Trimble beat Schoppert to a loose ball 25 yards out on the right side and found the empty net.
"I saw the goalie coming out, and I put it into high gear," said Trimble. "I got to it, and I just chipped it over his head."
Lutheran outshot Southern, 17-15, and kept the ball near the Bulldogs' end for most of the game.
Southern (10-2) had several chances in the second half but didn't beat Lutheran goalie Kevin Karmacki (seven saves) until David Gurry scored on a corner kick with 3:21 left to make it 3-2.