Wilde Lake ends No. 5 C. Milton Wright’s reign in 3A state boys soccer on Touray’s OT goal; first title since 1997 (VIDEO HERE!)
2019 CLASS 3A STATE BOYS SOCCER CHAMPIONS
WILDE LAKE WILDECATS
by Derek Toney
Moments before the start of the award ceremonies for Saturday’s Class 3A state boys soccer championship game, Ousman Touray wasn’t sure where to stand in the medal receiving line with his Wilde Lake High teammates.
There’s no doubt of his place in Wilde Lake soccer history. Touray’s goal in the 82nd minute lifted the seventh-ranked Wildecats to a 1-0 victory over No. 5 C. Milton Wright at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Center.
Touray, a 6-foot-2 gazelle got a couple of steps ahead of C. Milton Wright’s defense to get Grant Gladden’s through pass and tapped the ball past goalie Zach Hetrick, setting off a shirtless celebration run by the junior forward.
“I thought I was offside but I wasn’t,” said Touray. “… I was going to hit it with my left but the guy was covering me, so I had to hit it with my right. … When I tapped it in with my right, I thought the defender — he was right there — was going to save it, but it went in, so I was surprised and I was happy so I had to take off the jersey.”
It was a fitting end of a sensational breakout season for Touray, whose two-goal explosion in the final 15 minutes rallied the Wildecats (15-3-1 overall) past Howard County rival Mount Hebron in the state semifinals last weekend at Frederick County’s Linganore.
Though C. Milton Wright (14-5-1) methodically kept Touray and sophomore teammate Joebel Gray from making runs to the goal, Wilde Lake coach Trevor Shea knew it was a matter of time.
“He’s a goal scorer,” said Shea of Touray.
Touray’s heroics came nearly two minutes after C. Milton Wright saw a shot in the box stopped by Wilde Lake goalie Gabrial Viteri and deflected off the crossbar.
“It was meant to be,” said Shea. “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.”
The Wildecats were among the upper echoleon in the deep and talented Howard County League this season. Wilde Lake defeated River Hill, which was No. 1 in VSN’s Top 20 during the regular season the previous HoCo program (2015) to win a state championship.
Looking for a third straight 3A title, C. Milton Wright was left heartbroken. The Mustangs controlled the final 70 minutes of regulation, but didn’t score.
“I thought we did enough creating chances, creating quality chances,” said C. Milton Wright coach Brian Tully, “but I think we left a couple out there that we normally find the back of the net.”
“We came into the game expecting to win,” said Mustangs senior midfielder Ethan Dolezal. “It just wasn’t our day.”
The win was the completion of several years of foundation building by Shea, whose father Don, is a state soccer coaching legend. Trevor won three titles as a player under his father at Oakland Mills 20 years ago.
“It’s unbelievable, but I think we’ve been putting all these puzzle pieces together for the last four years since we started and we knew that we could do it, and it’s pretty impressive that we were able to make it happen,” Trevor Shea said.
CLASS 3A STATE BOYS SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
AT RIDLEY ATHLETIC COMPLEX, LOYOLA UNIVERSITY
No. 7 Wilde Lake 1, No. 5 C. Milton Wright 0 (OT)
Goal: Wilde Lake – Ousman Touray
Saves: Wilde Lake – Gabriel Viteri 3; C. Milton Wright – Zach Hetrick 3
Wilde Lake 0 0 1 – 1
C. Milton Wright 0 0 0 – 0