La Plata boys soc­cer wins re­gion ti­tle

Maryland Independent - - Sports - TED BLACK

The La Plata High School boys soc­cer team cap­tured its sec­ond straight 2A South Re­gion ti­tle with a 1-0 vic­tory over South­ern of Anne Arun­del County, but the War­riors bid for a state cham­pi­onship was ended one round later by the same squad that beat them in the 2015 state ti­tle con­test.

La Plata (13-5) con­trolled pos­ses­sions from the out­set against South­ern, save for the last 10 min­utes of the game when the vis­it­ing Bull­dogs were in des­per­a­tion mode at- tempt­ing to garner the equal- izer. The War­riors scored the game’s only goal in the first half when ju­nior Seth De­priest-Kessler fed se­nior Dy­lan Ogle­tree with a crisp pass that the War­riors for­ward sent past South­ern net­min­der Bran­don Ford.

“Me and Seth have great chem­istry,” Ogle­tree said im­me­di­ately af­ter the re­gion ti­tle game. “He knows when I am go­ing to the mid­dle and he does a great job of get­ting the ball to me. We re­ally con­trolled pos­ses­sions from the start. We prob­a­bly could have had a cou­ple of more goals. But to win a sec­ond straight 2A South Re­gion ti­tle is great.”

Even with a 1-0 lead in the first half, La Plata con­tin­ued to ap­ply pres­sure to the South­ern zone with the in­tent of dou­bling its ad­van­tage. De­priest-Kessler, Ogle­tree, Justin Caron and Rob­bie Delozier all sent qual­ity shots to­ward the South­ern keeper and the Bull­dogs net­min­der ei­ther made tough saves or watched shots sail over him. De­priest-Kessler was es­pe­cially ef­fec­tive on cor­ner kicks through­out the game and the re­gion play­offs.

La Plata had won the 2A South Re­gion ti­tle in 2015 and ad­vanced to the state fi­nal where the War­riors were up­ended by Middletown. Less than a week af­ter cap­tur­ing their sec­ond straight re­gion ti­tle, La Plata was de­feated by Middletown in the 2A state semi­fi­nals.

PHOTO BY ROB WORMAN

La Plata’s boys soc­cer team won its sec­ond con­sec­u­tive re­gional cham­pi­onship, top­ping South­ern 1-0 in the 2A South Re­gion fi­nal on Nov. 7

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