Wilde Lake needed only 119 seconds to score its first goal en route to the boys state Class 1A soccer championship yesterday at Old Mill.
The Wildecats downed Clear Spring of Washington County, 4-1, grabbing the quick lead as forward Hamisi Amani-Dove chased down a pass from Kwesi Ewool-Robatham on his team's first offensive thrust for a 1-0 advantage.
"We saw holes in the defense and went right at them," said Amani-Dove, who needed only 77 more seconds to find Matt Nesbitt breaking down the middle for Wilde Lake's second goal.
Wilde Lake (13-2-1) found Clear Spring (15-1) a bit tougher to beat from that point on.
"I don't care what team it is, there is going to be a letdown after scoring two quick goals like that," said Wilde Lake coach David Nesbitt. "I thought we played much better in the second half."
Clear Spring's Mark Shives made it 2-1 at the 12-minute mark and that shook the Wildecats from their lethargy.
"It was just a matter of patience," said Matt Nesbitt, who took a long cross from Mike Curtis and scored five minutes before the intermission for a 3-1 lead.
Amani-Dove closed out the scoring on a feed from Nesbitt with 12 minutes remaining in the second half to secure Wilde Lake's sixth state championship since the tournament began in 1971. The Wildecats had not won a title since taking their fourth straight in 1984.
Wilde Lake outshot Clear Spring, 23-14, but was thwarted by the Blazers' senior keeper, Joe Hoff, who registered 13 saves, including a three-shot barrage in the second half. That sequence had Hoff scrambling from pipe to pipe and drew a standing ovation from fans of both teams.
Amani-Dove and Nesbitt also drew raves for their clever dribbling, but that is expected of state team players. "I will be going to Dallas over Thanksgiving to play with the national [under-20] team," said AmaniDove. "It's a thrill. At that level, everyone is skilled, but they think the game at a much higher level."
Clear Spring got a taste of that thinking yesterday.