When midfielder Neill Ouska rocketed a shot into the goal in the final minutes of Bullis's 2-0 boys' soccer victory over St. Albans yesterday, a sense of relief and accomplishment enveloped the Bulldogs.
Ouska's goal punctuated Bullis's 10-0 run through the Interstate Athletic Conference and capped the team's most successful season since 1997.
"We really met all of our goals this year, which was a great accomplishment," said senior defender Paul Potemra, a freshman on the team that went 2-12-2 in 2002.
Bullis (17-1) won its last 15 games after losing, 1-0, to public school Magruder, the Maryland 4A West Region champion, on Sept. 10. In all, the No. 3 Bulldogs posted 12 shutouts en route to their first IAC title since 2000.
"It was just sort of one of those years where everything worked," Coach George Moore said. "It's definitely a special group of guys."
A Pair of Goals
Before the season, the St. Andrew's girls' soccer team set as its goal something the Lions had never accomplished: winning both the ISL "A" regular season and tournament championships.
A week after capturing regular season honors, St. Andrew's defeated Flint Hill, 1-0, to win the league tournament Sunday at Potomac School. The goal was scored by Megan Towe in the 18th minute off a through ball from Nora Mann.
St. Andrew's (14-3) then relied on its defense, led by Nicole White, Rebecca Baker, Jasmine Niernberger and goalie Ally Connelly.
"From the beginning we had our sights set on both titles," third-year coach Sheldon Phillips said. "Our motto was 'to be happy but not satisfied until our mission was done.' "
The Sandy Spring Friends School boys' soccer team went unbeaten and untied this season, in the process setting 15 school records and winning both the PVAC regular season and tournament championships for only the second time in team history.
"We're all just very humbled by the fact that we set some very lofty goals this year and were able to achieve them in miraculous fashion," Coach Eduardo Polon said.
Senior Chad Henry set a school record with 37 goals, and junior Kyle Cassidy had 33 for the Wildebeests (18-0-0), who outscored their opponents 91-5 this season. Sandy Spring defeated St. Anselm's, 2-0, in the PVAC final on Oct. 29.
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