PVAC boys' soccer

WIS derails Sandy Spring's unbeaten run in final

By Paul Tenorio
Washington Post Staff Writer
Thursday, October 28, 2010; 7:08 PM

Washington International's dream run through the Potomac Valley Athletic Conference boys' soccer tournament put an end to the hopes of a storybook perfect season for its rival, Sandy Spring Friends School on Thursday afternoon in Olney.

A first-half goal against the run of play from Kago Maruping and a late penalty that was finished by sophomore Yonathan Dawit gave Washington International a 2-0 win over a team they had been beaten by twice already this season.

Washington International (8-6-1) had lost to Sandy Spring, 6-0 and 2-1, earlier this season and entered the PVAC tournament as the No. 6 seed.

"It was something like right out of a Disney movie," said Thomas Hoekman, who was named tournament MVP. "We knew we could do it all along, WIS has a good history in soccer, but I think it was a lot about effort and changing our effort on the pitch and we really did that."

The Wildebeests (14-1-1) had been dominating possession early in the game, but a quick counter led to a shot by Francesco Amorosina that Sandy Spring goalkeeper Reed Milbrath could only parry away, and Maruping was there for the easy finish.

Sandy Spring continued to press but couldn't find the net, and with just a few minutes remaining in the contest a very questionable penalty call set up the penalty.

The loss left the Wildebeest's one-win short of sending coach Eduardo Polon, who is stepping down after 15 years, out with a perfect season.

"Somebody once said, 'Never treat a singular loss like the ultimate loss,' " Polon said. "I couldn't be more proud, the boys obviously are very disappointed in what they weren't able to accomplish, but what they fail to remember is what they accomplished along the way, and life's ultimately a lot about the journey and seldom is it about the destination."

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