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's senior midfielder David Briefel summed up yesterday's 1-0 Class 2A state championship loss 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."

The bad luck continued when Solee, trying to beat the goalkeeper to the ball, was pushed off the ball by a fullback in the penalty area in the 33rd minute but no call was made.

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 could 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, and his shot hit the crossbar and his 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. But when we got the early lead I thought we were in good shape. We like to play an aggressive, attacking style and took a lot of chances. We played with only three fullbacks until the final 10 minutes."

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

No. 10 Wilde Lake (11-5-1) played its fourth state title game in six seasons and lost for the third time. The Wildecats 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.

"We played well the first 10 minutes, but we were stunned after their goal. This can't be happening to us again I thought."

Pub Date: 11/17/96

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