“We knew we were going to come in here and have a battle,” Clarksburg Coach Mike Edwards said. “Nobody wanted to lose.”
It was the second game in as many nights for Clarksburg, which beat Magruder Monday in a make-up game that was moved back due to last week’s inclement weather. The Coyotes were gritty in overtime, often playing on their heels due to the relentless pushes by talented Wootton forward Jared Nozick. Clarksburg had chances in the final minute to clinch the division themselves, but a direct kick went high from the left side with 45 seconds left, and another was cleared out of the zone with about 10 seconds left.
Perhaps the most encouraging sign for Clarksburg Tuesday didn’t come in the form of a salvaged tie, or even a division title. It came from senior midfielder Alejandro Perez-Albela, who dislocated his shoulder in the first overtime period after getting tangled up with Nozick. A couple doctors came onto the field for several minutes and helped pop it back into place, and he remained in the game until it happened again in the second overtime period. This time he exited reluctantly, just minutes remaining.
“It didn’t really effect me. I could’ve played,” Perez-Albela said. “After the second pop. . . it’s not worth risking it.”
After a 3-9-1 season in 2012, it was exactly the type of drive Edwards has come to expect out of one of his 12 seniors.
“They just want to finish their career,” Edwards said, “the way they should.”
The Post Top 10
Marriotts Ridge forward Amir Najib scored two goals in a 5-1 win over Howard Tuesday, pushing his season total to 17. . . . Georgetown Prep started a four-game away slate with a key 3-2 IAC win over Landon. . . . With a 3-0 shutout win over Paul VI Tuesday, DeMatha has now recorded clean sheets in five of seven consecutive wins. . . . Blair won its eighth straight match with a 2-0 victory over Springbrook Tuesday, and will play for the Montgomery County 4A North title Friday against Blake.
1. Marriotts Ridge (11-1) LW: 1
2. Reservoir (11-2-1) LW: 2
3. Severna Park (10-0-2) LW: 3
4. Sidwell Friends (9-2-1) LW: 5
5. St. Stephen’s/St. Agnes (12-2-2) LW: 4
6. Georgetown Prep (8-1-1) LW: 6
7. River Hill (12-1) LW: 7
8. DeMatha (9-4) LW: 8
9. Blair (9-1) LW: 9
10. Clarksburg (7-1-2) LW: NR
On the bubble:
St. Albans (10-3), Broadneck (9-3) Crossland (8-0)