Chapelgate Christian's boys' soccer team doesn't have one star player who can take over a game but has plenty of good players who together are capable of winning.
"We don't have any huge superstars," senior midfielder Nate Windon said. "Some teams have that one great player, but that's not us. We have a scrappy team where everyone has a role and believes in each other."
Windon's rationale was displayed in a 1-0 victory over Beth Tfiloh Community School in the Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association's C Conference championship game Saturday night at the University of Maryland Baltimore County in Catonsville.
Sophomore forward Jim Becker headed-in a cross from senior Corey Whitehead with 8 minutes 12 seconds remaining in the first half and then turned to the defense to secure the team's second title in four seasons. Sweepers Finn Ramsland and Mike Lovaas, along with stoppers Chris Carlson and Whitehead clamped down on the Warriors, with goalie Nathan Edwards making 10 saves, including stopping Adam Teitelman's shot as time expired.
The Warriors (9-3) dominated play during the second half, but Lovaas and R.J. Gavlin were able to clear shots off the goal line to preserve the Yellowjackets' league-high fourth conference title.
"All we talked about this week was surrendering yourself for the team," said Coach Jason Bennett, whose team finished 10-1-1. "We knew it was going to be a tough tournament, and not a lot of goals would be scored so we had to do all the little things. We really came together and played the best we have all season."
After an evenly played first 30 minutes, Whitehead broke free down the sideline and lofted a pass into the penalty box. Becker used the back of his head to redirect it into the lower-left corner for the game-winning goal.
"We talked about crashing the goal, and that's what we did on that play and it paid off," Whitehead said. "We knew if we took a lead it would be huge."
Said Becker, "We were confident that if we could score, our defense could make it stand."
After the Yellowjackets piled on each other near midfield when the final whistle sounded, the team accepted its championship plaque and let Windon -- the only player also on the title-winning team in 2002 -- carry it off the field.
"I got to start my high school career by winning a championship and ended it by winning a championship," he said. "There's not a lot of players who get to do that."