-- On one end of the University of Maryland-Baltimore County soccer field Thursday night, Towson players piled onto each other in celebration, while at the other end, some River Hill players fell to the ground and stared at the starless sky in disbelief.
The different reactions came as the teams shared the Maryland 3A boys' title after playing to a 1-1 draw after 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of overtime.
Second-ranked River Hill (14-1-2), won a state record-tying fourth consecutive title, the seventh since the school opened in 1996. River Hill and Towson (9-4-2) also shared the title in 2003 after playing to a 1-1 tie.
Thursday night, the Hawks dominated play, outshooting the Generals 21-7 during regulation and 6-0 in overtime, but could only get one past senior goalie Andrew Gisriel.
"The difference is we played for the win and they played for the tie," said River Hill senior midfielder Tyler Meade. "We expect to win state championships, and we still won another one this year."
"What you had was two teams who looked completely opposite, but the bottom line is that we were the same on the only place that mattered: the scoreboard," River Hill Coach Bill Stara said. "We've still won four straight state championships and there's not too many teams that can say they've done that."
The Hawks took the lead in the 38th minute, when junior defender Olatunji Williams headed in a long throw-in from senior defender Matt Stara. Towson sophomore forward Wils Alpern converted a penalty kick in the 71st minute after a River Hill player took down sophomore forward Michael Baller.