Loch Raven takes Class 1A boys soccer title in 3-2 OT win over Pocomoke

Kim scores game-winner near end of 1st overtime

November 22, 2009|By Glenn Graham

After the Loch Raven girls' victory, the Raiders boys defeated Pocomoke, 3-2 in overtime, at UMBC. It's the eighth time that the same school has captured state soccer titles.

All season long in its impressive and improbable run, the No. 5 Loch Raven boys soccer team has found a way to score a goal when needed and defend valiantly when called on.

That didn't change in Saturday's Class 1A state final game against Pocomoke at UMBC Stadium.

Sophomore forward Jason Kim scored two goals, his second coming in the closing minute of the first overtime, as the No. 5 Raiders came away with a resilient 3-2 win that ended Pocomoke's string of four consecutive 1A titles.

It's the fourth state championship for Loch Raven (15-4-1) and the first since 1997. The win, combined with the Loch Raven girls' 1-0 victory over Harford Tech earlier, gave the school a sweep of the 1A titles.

Loch Raven, which had lost championship games in 2006 and 2007, had one returning starter from last year's state semifinal team. With strong two-way play from junior center midfielder Seth Moses, steady play in goal from senior Tim Badmington and an uncanny knack of finding a way to win, the Raiders proved worthy champions.

"It's an awesome feeling," said Badmington, who made five saves. "I lost two state championship games in my freshman and sophomore years, and it was really tough. Senior year, state championship - it's unreal. It's sort of like ... just wanting to know what it's like to win, to have the feeling of winning the biggest game of all is an awesome feeling."

Pocomoke took a 1-0 lead late in the first half on a goal by Sam Byrd.

The Raiders came out fast in the second half, getting a tying goal from junior Kevin Moyer, the team's lone returning starter, and then taking the lead when Kim scored his first goal with 23:18 to play. The Warriors (14-3-1) responded when Byrd finished off a chance at the far post with 9:03 to play.

In overtime, Kim capitalized on the chance to be a hero, getting by a defender to get deep in the penalty area and driving a ball through Pocomoke goalie James Johnson from 8 yards.

"The past few years I thought we had really solid tactical and technical teams, and this year we weren't as good as we had been," Raiders coach Joe Fiedler said. "But this team had a niche that all my other teams haven't had - they just find a way to gut it out and grind out a win."

Goals: P-Byrd 2; LR-Moyer, Kim 2. Assists: P-J. Becker 2. Saves: LR T. Badmington -- 5; P-Johnson 1. Half: Pocomoke 1-0.

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