Shortly before 10 p.m. Tuesday night, after Wootton and Clarksburg ended in a 1-1 tie after an exhausting 100-minute match, most of the Coyotes’ players remained near the visitors sideline after everyone else had left the Rockville school grounds. The stadium lights eventually went out, but they didn’t care. News had circulated that Gaithersburg and Magruder had tied, clinching the Montgomery 4A South title for Clarksburg — and prompting a short but spirited celebration among a group of players who couldn’t see each other in the dark.
Just 15 minutes before, each and every player on Clarksburg’s roster could see how dejected the other was after a tie against the defending Maryland 4A champions. It snapped a seven-match winning streak for the Coyotes (7-1-2), who had to do everything in their power to hold on against the Patriots (4-5-2) after tying the game at the 25 minute mark of the second half.
“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.”
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