Wilde Lake advances to region final Boys soccer

November 04, 1993|By Jamison Hensley | Jamison Hensley,Contributing Writer

Even running at half speed, Wilde Lake dominated.

Stationing up to five players on the defensive end for the majority of the game, Wilde Lake coasted to a 3-0 win over Poolesville of Montgomery County yesterday in a Class 1A, South Region semifinal. It was the Wildecats' first postseason win since they captured the 1A state crown in 1991.

Wilde Lake (7-4-2), which won by three goals for the second time all season, extended its unbeaten streak to four games. The top-seeded Wildecats face No. 2 seed Boonsboro, which defeated Smithsburg, 2-1, Tuesday, in the region final at Thomas Johnson on Saturday at 4 p.m.

In the second half, Wilde Lake protected a one-goal lead with extra defensive support. However, the front line of seniors Brian Jefferson and Kwesi Ewool-Robotham and juniors Jeffrey Curtis and Gavin Phillip still commanded a possession-type offense and outshot the Indians, 13-2, during the final 40 minutes.

"They really didn't want to pressure us with the ball," Jefferson said. "They just wanted to kick and run with the ball for a quick score. We knew their style and stopped them."

The Wildecats previously defeated Poolesville, 1-0, in their season opener.

"We weren't really worried about scoring," Wilde Lake head coach Dave Nesbitt said. "We knew all we had to do was work the ball ahead to Brian [Jefferson] and Kwesi [Ewool-Robotham] where we have the dangerous speed to score."

Wilde Lake opened the game with a Jefferson-led offensive ambush. In the first 10 minutes, Jefferson took four of the five Wilde Lake shots on goal.

Phillip lofted a left-footed crossing pass that sailed over a group of defenders and found Jefferson in a one-on-one situation on the right side of the goal.

Jefferson, who missed the same opportunity five minutes earlier, scored into the left corner of the goal from 5 yards out at the 8:41 mark. It was Jefferson's 10th goal.

"We wanted to get this game over with early," Jefferson said.

Curtis ensured the victory with second-half goals at the 49- and 74-minute marks off a corner kick and a breakaway. Curtis has 10 goals.

"Our guys were extremely patient in the second half," Nesbitt said.

Wilde Lake dominated Poolesville with a 25-4 shot advantage. The Wildecats defense, anchored by junior Joshua Briefel and sophomore Jeremy Young, held the Indians without a shot for a 48:30 period during the game.

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