Wilde Lake 1, C. Milton Wright 0 (OT)

Junior's tally gives the school its first title since 1997

BALTIMORE — Moments after his shot settled into the back of the net and the Wilde Lake boys’ soccer team was the Maryland 3A champion, a shirtless Ousman Touray jumped in front of the Wildecats’ student section, waving his white jersey with his right arm.

Adrenaline was flowing through the junior forward, and for good reason. Touray had just delivered Wilde Lake’s first state title since 1997 with the golden goal in overtime of a 1-0 win over C. Milton Wright on Saturday afternoon at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

“I was happy,” Touray said, “so I had to take the shirt off.”

For Wilde Lake Coach Trevor Shea, the win was the realization of a longtime dream.

One of the earliest pictures Shea remembers from his childhood is one of him sitting on his dad’s shoulders at a state championship soccer game. Shea’s father, Don, won multiple state titles coaching Oakland Mills while Trevor was growing up. Trevor wanted one with his own team.

When he took over Wilde Lake in 2016, Shea sought to create more cohesion among his players. He encouraged dialogue, changing sets to his players’ preferences instead of sticking to formations.

To reach the state title game, Shea knew his team would have to go through River Hill, a perennial top team in Maryland. The Wildecats (15-3-1) beat River Hill in the third round of the playoffs this year.

“It’s unbelievable,” Shea said. “We’ve been putting all these puzzle pieces together for the last four years since we started. We knew that we could do it. It’s pretty impressive that we were able to make it happen.”

After Wilde Lake and C. Milton Wright (14-5-1) went scoreless in regulation Saturday, the Mustangs had a chance to score about 30 seconds into overtime. With no defender in front of a Mustangs player, the ball smacked off the crossbar.

About two minutes later, Touray broke through. While sprinting toward the goal, he controlled the ball with his left foot and tapped it into the goal with his right. Touray also scored both of Wilde Lake’s goals in his team’s comeback win over Mount ­Hebron in the state semifinals last week.

“It’s meant to be,” Shea said. “When we come up that lucky in overtime . . . I felt like that the whole season. We knew that we were destined to be in this spot.”

After putting his jersey back on, Touray held the state championship trophy during team photos. He wore a straight face, much calmer than he was minutes earlier during his goal celebration.

“Yo, Ousman: Smile, bruh,” a Wilde Lake fan shouted from the bleachers.

Touray responded with a wide grin while he raised the trophy and let out a yell.