After 100 minutes of scoreless action Saturday night, the Meade and Blair players knew the climax of this tense 4A boys’ soccer state semifinal would be cruel for one and joyous for the other. A back-and-forth game had set the stage for penalty kicks, and even those came down to two clangs off the far post.
Meade escaped with a 4-3 victory over the Blazers via penalty kicks at Richard Montgomery, streaming onto the field for a dogpile once forward Samuel Dupuy scored on the sixth round of shooting and Blair hit the post on its final attempt.
The Blazers had a chance to win the shootout in the fifth round, but midfielder Jordi Long’s kick caromed harmlessly off the same exact post.
“One of them almost touched my face. If it would’ve touched me, it would’ve gone in,” said Meade goalkeeper Danny Castillo, who also scored on one of Meade’s attempts. “It’s just God.”
The exciting conclusion seemed fitting given the seesaw battle these two teams had in Rockville.
Neither could gain momentum for long, with Blair generating scoring chances early in the second half only to watch Meade (17-1) take control in the latter stages of regulation. In the first extra period, Blair (16-2) again tilted the field in its favor. The second 10-minute overtime frame then belonged to the Mustangs.
But it’s Meade that will make its first state final appearance since 1978 next week against Perry Hall at Loyola University.
“All year, we’ve had close games,” Dupuy said. “We know can pull it out in the last minutes, and we’re going to Loyola now.”
Perry Hall 1, Eleanor Roosevelt 0: The Raiders withstood waves of scoring chances by Perry Hall throughout their 4A state semifinal game Saturday night in Rockville. But right when Eleanor Roosevelt began mounting its own charge midway through the second half, the Gators struck back with the goal that ended a historic postseason run.
Four days after a dramatic header with less than a minute left gave the Raiders a win over Parkdale and a 4A South region championship, they could not come up with a late equalizer. Eleanor Roosevelt (15-2-2) was making its first state semifinals appearance in boys’ soccer, in Coach George Kallas’s 31st season leading the team.
C. Milton Wright 2, Huntingtown 1 (OT): Sophomore Nick Krisko sent this 3A state semifinal matchup at Linganore into overtime by scoring a goal in the closing moments of regulation. But the previously undefeated Hurricanes (17-1) ultimately fell short of qualifying for a second straight state final when C. Milton Wright scored the game-winner on a free kick in the extra period.
Oakdale 2, Atholton 0: The Raiders’ postseason run came to an end with a shutout loss to the defending state champions in the opening 3A state semifinal game Saturday at Linganore.