Glen Burnie senior midfielder Eric Whisman saw the through ball from fellow senior Robert Nwosu coming his way and also noticed some open space available at the far post.
The only question left: After 80 minutes of regulation and 16 more in overtime play last night, did he have enough left to get the ball to where it needed to go.
The answer remained on the field plenty of moments after he softly chipped a shot from 8 yards over Old Mill goalkeeper Tim Carrier as the No. 8 Gophers celebrated a well-earned 2-1 win over the No. 11 Patriots last night in the Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship at Annapolis High.
Glen Burnie (13-1-1) won its second county crown in four years and spoiled the bid by Old Mill (11-3-1) to successfully defend the crown it took away from South River in much the same fashion last season.
"I saw the far post wide-open, but I was so tired I didn't think it was going to get up and over [Carrier]. It was a beautiful ball [from Nwosu]," said Whisman, who also assisted on the Gophers' first goal by defender Jon Fletcher.
The Gophers had a number of obstacles to overcome last night to make this season their season in Anne Arundel, starting with a determined Old Mill team that did all it could to repeat as champions.
The Gophers had a goal disallowed at the end of the first half and then after taking a 1-0 lead midway through the second half, saw the Patriots draw even on a header from Justin McDowell with just eight minutes to play in regulation.
After Glen Burnie keeper Andrew Evans kept the game going in the first 10-minute overtime session with a diving save to his left on an Old Mill shot headed for the lower corner, Nwosu and Whisman -- both members of the Gophers' 2000 county championship team as freshmen -- made the final connection.
"This is awesome -- a privilege to be here and a lot of hard work at practice went into it," Nwosu said.
Old Mill coach Jeff Martin, whose Patriots were on the other side of things last season, said you couldn't ask for anything more.
"It was two very evenly matched teams, both had plenty of opportunities and they finished one more time than we did. It's a good learning experience for us going into the tournament, and it was a great night aside from us not winning," he said.
No. 9 Mount Hebron 3, No. 1 Oakland Mills 0: Sticking with their tradition of playing all of their seniors in their final regular-season home game, the Scorpions (11-1, 9-1 Howard County) lost to the Vikings (11-2, 9-2).
Oakland Mills, whose streak of shutouts ended at eight, never had its entire starting team on the field. Tim Han scored twice for Mount Hebron.
Sun staff writer Rick Belz contributed to this article.