Goalie Omido Stops Wilson, Leads T. Roosevelt to Title
Theodore Roosevelt was tied with five-time champion Wilson in the waning moments of yesterday's D.C. Interscholastic Athletic Association boys soccer final at the RFK auxiliary field, and the tension seemed to affect everyone but Rough Riders senior goalkeeper Joshua Omido.
Minutes after smiling as he calmly helped Wilson junior midfielder Amir Lowery work out a calf cramp in front of his net, Omido stared down one Wilson shooter after another in the penalty kick tiebreaker. The final three Tigers missed, and Roosevelt claimed its first title, 2-2 (3-2).
"I felt pretty confident. I just told them to get me to the penalty shootout and we were going to win," Omido said. His performances in earlier tiebreakers had carried Roosevelt (6-4-4) through the first two rounds of the tournament, and he was confident that would weigh on the minds of Wilson players, four of whom missed the target.
"I think they wanted to try too hard," Omido said.
Roosevelt reached overtime by virtue of senior midfielder Dwayne Lodge's well-struck side volley in the 64th minute. Wilson goalkeeper Ben Healy was screened and had no chance as Lodge reached Aklilu Mekonnen's floating corner kick at the top of the box and rifled it home.
Wilson (13-8-2) overcame an early 1-0 deficit with second half goals from Mekonnen and Lowery, whose penalty miss in the fifth round did not overshadow his dominating performance on both ends of the field.
-- Brian Straus
Mount Hebron Wins 2A Title On Header in Final Minutes
Mount Hebron senior forward Dave Lechtrecker was visibly frustrated this afternoon, holding his head in his hands on various occasions. But ultimately, he used his head to solve the problem.
Lechtrecker headed in the Vikings' lone goal with 9 minutes and 45 seconds remaining to give the sixth-ranked Ellicott City school its first Maryland 2A boys soccer state title with a 1-0 victory over James M. Bennett at the University of Maryland-Baltimore County.
Mount Hebron (16-3) finished the season winning its last six and did not allow a goal in the tournament, outscoring its opponents, 19-0. The Vikings also won their first regional title this season.
* OAKLAND MILLS 2, WILLIAMSPORT 0: The No. 3 Scorpions won their 10th Maryland 1A state title, and sixth under Coach Don Shea, defeating Williamsport of Washington County. Senior midfielder Jeremy Catlin scored his eighth goal of the season and added his seventh assist in the victory.
The game was a rematch of last year's final when Oakland Mills (17-1-1) defeated Williamsport, 4-1.
-- Bryan Tucker