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Wilde Lake advances to region final Boys soccer

Even running at half speed, Wilde Lake dominated.

Stationing up to five players on the defensive end for the majority of the game, Wilde Lake coasted to a 3-0 win over Poolesville of Montgomery County yesterday in a Class 1A, South Region semifinal. It was the Wildecats' first postseason win since they captured the 1A state crown in 1991.

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Wilde Lake (7-4-2), which won by three goals for the second time all season, extended its unbeaten streak to four games. The top-seeded Wildecats face No. 2 seed Boonsboro, which defeated Smithsburg, 2-1, Tuesday, in the region final at Thomas Johnson on Saturday at 4 p.m.

In the second half, Wilde Lake protected a one-goal lead with extra defensive support. However, the front line of seniors Brian Jefferson and Kwesi Ewool-Robotham and juniors Jeffrey Curtis and Gavin Phillip still commanded a possession-type offense and outshot the Indians, 13-2, during the final 40 minutes.

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"They really didn't want to pressure us with the ball," Jefferson said. "They just wanted to kick and run with the ball for a quick score. We knew their style and stopped them."

The Wildecats previously defeated Poolesville, 1-0, in their season opener.

"We weren't really worried about scoring," Wilde Lake head coach Dave Nesbitt said. "We knew all we had to do was work the ball ahead to Brian [Jefferson] and Kwesi [Ewool-Robotham] where we have the dangerous speed to score."

Wilde Lake opened the game with a Jefferson-led offensive ambush. In the first 10 minutes, Jefferson took four of the five Wilde Lake shots on goal.

Phillip lofted a left-footed crossing pass that sailed over a group of defenders and found Jefferson in a one-on-one situation on the right side of the goal.

Jefferson, who missed the same opportunity five minutes earlier, scored into the left corner of the goal from 5 yards out at the 8:41 mark. It was Jefferson's 10th goal.

"We wanted to get this game over with early," Jefferson said.

Curtis ensured the victory with second-half goals at the 49- and 74-minute marks off a corner kick and a breakaway. Curtis has 10 goals.

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"Our guys were extremely patient in the second half," Nesbitt said.

Wilde Lake dominated Poolesville with a 25-4 shot advantage. The Wildecats defense, anchored by junior Joshua Briefel and sophomore Jeremy Young, held the Indians without a shot for a 48:30 period during the game.


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