No. 13 Wilde Lake scored four second-half goals in a 4:27 span to hand No. 6 Oakland Mills its first loss, 4-2, in a Howard County girls soccer game yesterday.
Striker Tricia Witte's two goals had given visiting Oakland Mills (7-1-2, 2-1 -2 in the county) a two-goal lead early in the second half.
But the Wildecats (6-2-1, 4-1) responded quickly, with halfback Renny Trellis' two scores and one apiece by midfielders Kristen Riismandel and Allison Wexler to account for the final margin.
Wilde Lake thwarted any further scoring threats, including Witte's two one-on-one penalty kicks, both of which senior goalie Leah Angle stopped.
"I just held my breath and went for them," Angle said. "I positioned myself more to the right, making her think the goal was bigger on the left side. Both times, she went left and I stopped them."
The Wildecats outplayed the Scorpions for most of the game, building a 22-8 shot advantage.
Wilde Lake coach Rick Wilson said beforehand that his team's performance would depend on which Wildecats squad showed up. Afterward, he said the right one appeared.
"You saw the potential of this team particularly in the second half," he said. "I really felt like it was our second half, especially during that four-minute stretch."
Beyond Witte, the county's leading scorer, Oakland Mills generated little offense. Witte scored her 15th goal 1:27 into the game, streaking down the left sideline before launching a shot in Angle's direction that appeared stoppable, but trickled into the net.
After that, though, the first half belonged to the Wildecats, but luck was not with them. Wilde Lake applied consistent pressure and outshot Oakland Mills 5-3, only to see midfielder Farah Krupp's and Trellis' shots bounce off the post.
"I don't know how we started off so flat," Wilson said, "but every time we seem to start off flat and dig ourselves a hole in the big games. We had our opportunities in the first half, but we still weren't awake."
Witte again scored unassisted at 2:40 of the second half. But Trellis answered at 6:18, followed by Wexler's unassisted goal (8:58), Trellis again from about 25 yards out (9:58) and Riismandel's score off Katie Douglas' assist (10:45).
Overall, the Wildecats, vying for a Class 1A-2A South Region playoff spot, dominated the final 45 minutes with a 17-5 shot advantage.
"I just saw the ball sitting there and pushed everyone out of the way," Trellis, a senior, said of her first goal. "I've only beaten [the Scorpions] once in high school, and I really wanted to beat them again."