Kisha Jett of Hammond sure can fly. Just ask Wilde Lake.
Jett used her speed to score two goals as second-seeded Hammond defeated fourth-seeded Wilde Lake, 3-1, in the Class 1A/2A state title game Saturday at Arundel High School.
The state title is Hammond's second in three years. The Golden Bears -- whose only loss was to Class 3A/4A state champion Centennial, 3-1 -- were champs in 1989.
To celebrate, the Bears overturned thewater bucket above Coach Dave Guetler's head, then sprayed him with shaving cream.
The antics didn't extinguish his happiness or optimism for next year.
"We have a lot of speed on the team," he said. "The key to our game is the (midfield). Our offense will be basicallyintact. (Most other players) are all sophomores."
Hammond (15-1) relied on Jett to make its offense fly this season -- she scored 26 goals, including the two Saturday.
"Kisha has tremendous speed, andyou can't teach speed," Guetler said.
Jett won three state championships in Class 2A outdoor track last spring as a freshman. This summer, she was undefeated in the 200-meter -- in her age group in East Coast AAU competition.
Guetler allowed Jett to capitalize on her speed, placing her on the line and trying to spring her on breakaways.When she broke free, about all opponents could do was pray.
"She can just change direction on a dime," said Guetler. "She's cat-quick.Her greatest asset is she doesn't like to lose."
Extraordinary speed runs in her family.Her brother James plays football and sprints for West Virginia University.
"All I do is stand there and try to get myself open and wait for balls," said Jett. "They can't be on you all the time. If I get it, I'm going to take it right at them."
That also seemed to be her teammates' philosophy on Saturday. Hammond came out attacking and scored first with 8 minutes, 36 seconds left inthe first half when Samantha Andersch put a hard grounder past WildeLake goalie Leah Angle. Kacy Williams assisted.
Striker Andersch and sweeper Jacqueline Reischick -- National Soccer Coaches Association/Met Life All-American picks -- had outstanding games. These two and Lauren Choate are the three remaining starters from the 1989 state title team.
Jett then made her mark. With 5:16 left in the half, she broke past a defender and perfectly one-touched a pass from Liz Bielefeld in for a 2-0 lead.
Jett's second goal came with 1:32 left in the half. She burst into the clear with the ball, drew Angle out, faked her to the ground and put the ball into the empty net.
"Theywere standing there and let me go through," said Jett. "I just got it and used my speed."
Wilde Lake (12-4) coach Rick Wilson said Jett's speed is not her only asset.
"Her skills really came out today," Wilson said. "She creates things."
Wilde Lake didn't create much early. Wilson said the Wildecats may have been a little intimidatedby Hammond, especially because it had two All-Americans.
"Hammondplayed a nice game in the first half," said Wilson. "We
played a better game in the second half."
Lindsay Waxler scored Wilde Lake's goal with 24:56 left in the game. After the goal, Wilde Lake kept the pressure on.
A few minutes later, a Wildecats shot went just wide. A little later, Renita Young, who scored the game-winner in the state semifinal victory over Loch Raven, tried for a bouncing ball near the goal and wound up colliding with goalie Amy Nestor.
Young tried again later. She collared the ball about 20 yards away, wheeled around and fired a shot that hit the far post and bounced away.
"Wedidn't fold," Wilson said. "Three goals in the first half, that's a lot to come back from."
Wilde Lake would need a lot of Jetts to power an offense like that.