With only 10 minutes left to play, Wilde Lake boys soccer coach Dave Nesbitt said he thought it was unlikely that his team could overcome a 3-1 Atholton lead.
But seniors Kwesi Ewool-Robotham and Brian Jefferson each scored a goal to rally the Wildecats to a 3-3 tie yesterday at Wilde Lake.
Two overtimes were scoreless.
"It was a great comeback and a testament to the seniors," Nesbitt said. "We have a young team. Everyone on defense is back next season."
Wilde Lake (3-2-1), which trailed 3-1 at halftime to the No. 14 Raiders (4-1-2), took advantage of a stiff breeze at its back to dominate the second half. The Wildecats also displayed strong passing skills and superior team speed.
Wilde Lake outshot the Raiders 13-0 in the second half, and 4-0 in the two overtime periods.
"Our defense was clearing the ball, but we had trouble getting it through the midfield," said Atholton sweeper Kevin Pryse. "The wind was a big factor."
Ewool-Robotham had scored Wilde Lake's second goal in the 70th minute on a header -- from the 6-yard line -- with an assist from Jefferson.
Jefferson scored the tying goal in the 75th minute. He kicked in a rebound off Atholton goalkeeper Remington Stone, also from the 6-yard line. They were the first goals this season for Ewool-Robotham and Jefferson.
Wilde Lake scored first in the third minute of the game on a short kick by Jeff Curtis off a head pass from Gian Paulo Einaudi.
Atholton tied it 1-1 when Damian Kapcala (six goals, two assists) took a right-to-left cross from Adam Shaivitz (five goals, four assists) and kicked it inside the far post in the 13th minute.
Three minutes later the Raiders went ahead, 2-1, when Richard Buehler (seven goals, one assist) flicked the ball over the defense to Pryse (three goals), who touched it in.
Ted Zingman (one goal, four assists) scored Atholton's third goal on a kick that rolled inside the far post from the left side in the 31st minute. Shaivitz got the assist.
"I thought Adam [Shaivitz] played his best game of the season," Atholton coach Reg Hahne said. "Pryse and Marquis also played well for us. We fell back in a shell in the second half thinking we could hold them off."
To reward his team, Nesbitt gave it a day off from practice. The game marked the end of a tough six-day stretch in which the Wildecats played four games, winning two, losing one and tying one.
"This was a crazy schedule," Nesbitt said. "And now we have another tough game with Howard Friday."