Glenelg's Scott Wheeler (19), Brendan McMahon (11),… (Baltimore Sun photo by Gene…)
Queen Anne's leading scorer, Cody Figiel, only got one goal Tuesday against No.10 Glenelg in the 2A-1A state title game, but he made it count.
Scooping up a ground ball in front of Glenelg's net with the game tied and less than a minute left in regulation, Figiel fired home his 70th goal of the season and the deciding tally in a 7-6 Queen Anne's victory at UMBC Stadium.
"I knew it was getting down to the wire. Everybody was trying to score," Figiel said. "We kept trying to [isolate] a couple times and no one could get through. ... I had a lane up top on one of their defenders, so I just tried to make a move and it worked."
After Figiel's go-ahead goal with 28seconds left, Queen Anne's junior Tyler German won the faceoff and that allowed the Lions, 6-5 losers against Pikesville in last year's title game, to run out the clock on the first state title in program history.
"I can't explain the words," Queen Anne's coach Mike Ransom said after the win. "The hard work we put in, the sweat and tears that it took to get here, it's overwhelming, and to have it all rush right at you at the end is a pretty intense feeling."
To get itself into position for Figiel's deciding score, Queen Anne's had to withstand a furious second-half rally by Glenelg. The Lions, who led by as many as three goals in the third quarter, watched the Gladiators score three times in a span of 64seconds early in the fourth quarter to take their first lead of the game, 6-5.
Zach Wynne, who finished with three goals and an assist for Glenelg, led the way with two scores during the run.
"They were controlling the ball a lot, having a lot of long possessions, then we finally got the ball to our offensive side," Wynne said. "We drew up some plays and they worked. ... Their goalie is real good, but we got a couple past him."
But just as quickly as the Gladiators had pulled in front, Queen Anne's tied the game on a goal by Jake Clise off a pass from German. It was Clise's fourth goal and German's fourth assist, setting the stage for a frantic final eight minutes.
Glenelg's offense, which also got two goals from Scott Wheeler, threatened several times to pull back in front but couldn't get another one past goalie Jake Haley (seven saves).
"I called timeout [after Glenelg went ahead]. ... The defense immediately came over and said, 'Coach, we got it, we know exactly what we need to do.' They had it all figured out, and they made the adjustments," Ransom said.
"We lost to a great team," Glenelg coach Josh Hatmaker said after his team held Queen Anne's to its lowest goal total of the season. "We knew that we were going to have to stop their transitions and that broken situations were going to be a problem. ... They have six guys on the field at all times that can shoot, score or drive, and they took advantage.
"A fortunate play [at the end] for them, and an unfortunate one for us."