Missed scoring opportunities hurt Wilde Lake in 1-0 defeat Rockville claims title, as Wildecats misfire

2A boys soccer

November 17, 1996|By Rick Belz | Rick Belz,SUN STAFF

Wilde Lake senior midfielder David Briefel summed up yesterday's 1-0 loss in the Class 2A state championship game at Old Mill: "Rockville was a good team that played well; we're a good team that didn't play at the top of its game and was unlucky."

Wilde Lake's bad luck started when Briefel missed a header by 12 inches at the far post off a corner kick from Solee Saah in the sixth minute.

It continued in the 14th minute when Frank Adusei-Poku of Rockville scored the game's only goal on a 20-yard shot from the middle of the field that hit the far post and bounced in. "It wasn't a great goal," Adusei-Poku said. "I thought I had missed it."

And in the 39th minute, when Saah made an outstanding cross in front of the goal, Mamay Clarke was a step too late to make a shot that surely would have been a goal.

But by far the most unlucky moment came in the 55th minute, when Wilde Lake midfielder Jesse McDonough had only the goalkeeper to beat at the 16-yard line. His shot hit the crossbar and a follow-up header went wide left.

"I feel I let the team down," said McDonough, a junior, who also missed another shot kicked directly at the goalkeeper from 10 yards out in the 66th minute.

Wilde Lake coach Dave Nesbitt said: "That missed goal [in the 55th minute] was the game. Not once, but twice. We dominated the second half, but that's not what wins games. Putting it in does."

Third-year Rockville coach Dave Morris, 29, won his first title, but it was Rockville's seventh -- the most by a Montgomery County team, and second overall only to the eight won by Oakland Mills.

"He [McDonough] had too much time to shoot -- several seconds -- it seemed like seven or eight years. He had time to settle, look up and then shoot," Morris said. "Wilde Lake was a tremendous team, the best we beat this season. I was impressed with them."

Rockville (15-3) lost only to Bethesda-Chevy Chase and two state finalists, Whitman and Walter Johnson.

The Wildecats (11-5-1) also lost in the championship game last season.

"It feels exactly like last year," Briefel said. "It was my last chance and I wanted to cap it off. I feel I didn't play my best. I didn't get as many touches as I wanted, and couldn't get into my rhythm."

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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