Wilde Lake's OT goal beats Glenelg for 2A regional title

November 09, 1995|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Nothing much was normal about yesterday's Class 2A South Region championship game at Wilde Lake except that Glenelg lost another overtime game.

It was unusual that all three goals in the 2-1 Wilde Lake victory were scored into a powerful, gusting wind.

Snow flurries, a wind-chill in the 20s, and a field still muddy from Tuesday's rain that had postponed the game, all combined to make for difficult playing conditions.

When Wilde Lake (7-5-3) lost the overtime coin toss and with it the wind at its back, Glenelg (6-8-1) appeared to have the edge.

The Gladiators had outplayed Wilde Lake in the second half, and were eager to avenge an earlier double-overtime loss to the Wildecats. They were also eager to get their first victory against a county team.

But it didn't happen. The overtime ghosts that have haunted Glenelg all season showed up again, and Wilde Lake won it on a goal by Mike Riismandel.

It was Glenelg's fourth overtime loss against county teams. It also had one overtime tie.

The Wildecats will play Saturday at 5 p.m. at South Hagerstown in the state Class 2A semifinals.

Wilde Lake's last trip to the final four was in 1993 when the Wildecats lost to Easton in the Class 1A championship game.

"I was happy not to have the wind in the overtime," Riismandel said. "When we had it at our backs in the second half it made us go off our game and play long ball."

Riismandel's winning goal, in the fifth minute of overtime, came off a cross from Solee Saah after a throw-in by Matt Shapiro.

With his right foot Riismandel settled the line-drive pass that had cut across the front of the goal. Then he volleyed the ball into the center of the net with his left foot.

Wilde Lake, which has won six state championships, its last in 1991, scored its first goal in the fifth minute of regulation.

David Briefel scored it into the far corner, off a cross from Solee.

Glenelg tied it, 1-1, in the 65th minute on a direct kick by Aaron Shea from just outside the box.

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