Pusinsky and Griffith pace victory for Patapsco Wilde Lake gets shaved in state title game, 3-0

2A boys soccer

November 19, 1995|By Drake Witham | Drake Witham,CONTRIBUTING WRITER

The Wilde Lake Wildecats shaved their heads before yesterday's 2A state title game against Patapsco. And then they got scalped.

The Patapsco Patriots won the state title, 3-0, and got a great game from goalkeeper Michael Griffith. The senior stopped 15 shots and never withered under a Wildecat attack.

"These kids have wanted this championship since the first day of practice," said coach Dave Ingle, fresh from an ice-water dousing from his players.

The Patriots lost their first game of the season, but finished with ,, a 16-2-1 mark. The win was especially sweet for the seniors who toiled through previous 4-8 and 7-6 seasons.

The Wildecats were relentless on offense, getting off 27 shots to just eight for the Patriots. Griffith made some spectacular saves and senior defender Wayne Brooks cleared a sure goal off the line in the second half.

"We have a great defense," Griffith said. "We stayed with the same style of play we've used all year and counter-attacked."

A counter-attack at the end of the first half gave Patapsco a 1-0 lead when Dino Pusinsky lofted a pass to senior Chuck Little, who beat Wilde Lake goalie Nick Parypinski.

"That was huge," said Wildecat midfielder David Briefel of Little's goal. "The difference was we didn't put away our opportunities."

Another opportunity came for Patapsco midway through the second half when Pusinsky took a pass from Little and fired a shot that deflected off a defender into the goal. The shot would not have gone in without the deflection.

Pusinsky, who suffered a hamstring injury last week and played little in a semifinal victory over Bethesda, played with his leg heavily wrapped. He had to come out during the second half and in the final minutes sat down on the field.

"It felt like there was a hole in the back of my leg," Pusinsky said.

Yet Pusinsky consistently found holes in the Wilde Lake defense, weaving through defenders and setting up goal chances. He limped to the sideline in the waning minutes to a small ovation.

"He played with his heart," Ingle said. "He played at 50 percent but that's a top-notch 50 percent."

Senior midfielder Heath Adkins slammed in a shot from 15 yards out with one minute remaining for the final goal.

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