Bowie, ranked first in the area and second in the nation, advanced to the Maryland Class 4A boys state soccer championship, routing Whitman last night, 4-0, at Broadneck.
The Bulldogs (15-0-0) will play Broadneck, which defeated Wootton in its semifinal, 3-0, Saturday at Old Mill High School.
"We came in really fired up because they beat us last year," said Bowie's Greg Zweibel. "So we came out to prove ourselves. People are saying we aren't worth our national number two ranking and we want to prove those people wrong."
The Bulldogs led, 1-0, as Steve Wandzilak headed in Zweibel's cross at 20 minutes. Mark Jonas made it 2-0 as he took a pass from Gregg Sexton, chipped over a defender and scored at 24:57.
Bowie, which has outscored its opposition, 88-8, increased its lead on second-half goals by Todd Hicks and Seth Brannon.
No. 4 Whitman (10-5-0) was without its leading scorer, Matt Ferry, who broke a foot in the Vikings' 1-0 regional victory over Churchill, and captain Danny Canter, out on a one-game disciplinary suspension. Without those two, the Vikings were unsuccessful at slowing down the Bulldogs.
"We knew we were in trouble," said Whitman's Martin Keely. "We tried to fall back into a defensive shell but they are too fast and too skilled and they put it away."
No. 13 Broadneck (9-2-4) defeated No. 5 Wootton as Brad Reinhart completed his second hat trick of the season.
"I was just in front of the goal at the right time," said Reinhart, who entered the game having scored only five goals. "This game really surprised me. We thought it would be decided by one goal either way."
Broadneck's game-winner came at 16:13 as Reinhart headed in a throw-in from Rich Aftoora, who also assisted the third goal. Matt Weimer assisted on the second.
Broadneck placed John Williams on the Patriots' leading scorer Stefan Triandafilou and had Jeff Vincent cover Ted Sherburne. Both defenders played exceptionally. Although Wootten (10-4-1) outshot Broadneck, 13-9, the Patriots were constantly flustered.
"We just didn't get it going," said Triandafilou. "We have the potential to slow it down and move it around, but tonight we couldn't get into our flow and we were never able to do it."
Wootton, trailing 2-0, had its best chance with 14:30 remaining. Jonathan Grimaldi's direct kick was knocked down by Broadneck goalie Sean Tettemer. Triandafilou got a foot on the rebound, but Tettemer one-handed it out and then smothered Sherburne's attempt.
"That kind of summed up the entire night," said Triandafilou. "We just couldn't find the net."
Broadneck defender Jarett Smith is looking forward to Saturday's game. "I've been dreaming of playing in a state championship for Broadneck since I was a freshman," he said. "This team works really hard and is playing really well right now. If we keep it up, I think we may just be able to win that title."