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Whitman handles Chesapeake-AA, 4-1, in 4A boys soccer final

Chesapeake's Ryan Gruss dribbles the ball in the second half surrounded by Walt Whitman players.
Chesapeake's Ryan Gruss dribbles the ball in the second half surrounded by Walt Whitman players. (Kim Hairston / Baltimore Sun)

Davey Mason scored two goals to lead Walt Whitman to a 4-1 win over No. 5 Chesapeake-AA in the Class 4A boys soccer final at Loyola University Friday night.

The Vikings (15-3-1) peppered Cougars goalkeeper Justin Snyder with 15 shots in the game.

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"I thought we played great," Whitman coach Dave Greene said. "How we played tonight is how we've been playing all season long."

Their efforts paid off for the first time in the 28th minute, as Mason received a feed from Jonathan Schneider just outside the penalty box. Mason settled and lobbed a shot just over the reach of Snyder.

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Andreas Djurhuus followed eight minutes later when he took a pass from David Voigt to the left of the Chesapeake goal and slid one to the far right to give Whitman a 2-0 lead.

Snyder made 10 saves, but the constant pressure was too much.

The win gave Whitman its ninth state championship, and first since 2009. Chesapeake (13-5-1) was chasing its first title since 1998.

Ryan Gruss scored 10 minutes into the second half to cut the deficit to 2-1. Patrick Miller sent a through ball down the right sideline, where Gruss ran onto it, cut toward the goal and sent a shot over Whitman goalkeeper Ian Atkinson into the upper left corner.

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Gruss' score gave him a goal in each of the Cougars' state playoff games this season.

Chesapeake continued to press for an equalizer and had another opportunity when Nick Benson's shot sailed just high over the goalpost in the 56th minute.

"I thought we had a couple of opportunities early in the first half to generate some good opportunities," Chesapeake coach Chris Collins said. "We weren't able to capitalize on them."

And, just as the Cougars seemed to hit their stride, Mason answered in the 62nd minute with his second goal, in which he dribbled into the box from the right side and pushed a shot into the left corner.

Aaron Tanenbaum curled in a shot from outside the penalty box that snuck its way by Snyder and into the right corner in the 67th minute to put Whitman up 4-1.

The Vikings could have added more in the game's final minutes, but Snyder made a kick save near the goal line and followed with a diving stop to rob Tanenbaum.

The win for Whitman capped an impressive run through the state tournament, in which the Vikings outscored their opponents 20-5.

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