Bowie moved a step closer to repeating as Maryland Class AA state soccer champion, beating Eleanor Roosevelt, 2-0, yesterday in the Region III title game at Roosevelt.
Bowie's win avenged a 2-1 loss to Roosevelt earlier in the season.
"We've been waiting all season to get back at them," said Bowie's Alec MacDonald, who scored the Bulldogs' second goal. "Everyone was ready for this one. We wanted to show we were the best team."
Bowie (11-1-1) got its goals from Pat Noel at 29:57 and MacDonald at 54:00. Noel, on the right wing, took a pass from Dave Kalmon and scored inside the far post past goalie Steve Moore. Bowie's insurance came as MacDonald received a pass from Chris Boyd and scored from eight yards out, rolling a shot under Moore's hands.
With a comfortable lead, Bowie settled back and played prevent defense, using long kicks to keep the Raiders at bay.
"We felt if we could get two goals, we could win," said Bowie Coach Lou Reck, who also pointed to the revenge factor.
"We really walked off this field hurting and disappointed after they beat us," said Reck. "This time we played with much more intensity and everyone played well together."
When Bowie scored its second goal, the enthusiasm and pressure appeared to disappear from the Raiders' attack. Every time the Raiders attempted to mount a threat, Bowie's defense was able to steal the pass and clear the ball.