Boys Soccer wins DCIAA Championship; Girls Soccer Team runner up.
Extra effort pays off for Bell
By Alan SiegelSpecial to The Washington Post
Sunday, November 21, 2010; 12:53 AM
Bell coach Victor Molina didn't even think Josselin Possian would play. The junior midfielder spent the week fighting off the flu. Possian, however, had no doubt in his mind that he was going to be in uniform on Saturday.
"I was sure I'd play," he said.
Possian made good on his assurance, setting up the decisive goal in Bell's 2-1 overtime victory over Wilson in the DCIAA boys' soccer final at Eastern High School. About seven minutes into the first of two 10-minute extra frames, Possian took off on a blistering 60-yard run up the left flank. At the end of his sprint, he sent a left-footed cross to Dagoberto Rodriguez, who poked the ball into the net. "In overtime, we said we had to beat them with speed," said Possian, who moved to the United States from Ivory Coast in 2006. "I had the speed."
Wilson goalkeeper Stuart Maeder (seven saves) had a great view of the play, but had no chance to break it up. "We just didn't really collect fast enough," Maeder said. "[Possian's] really fast. He took our sideline. He's a fantastic player."
It's the second straight DCIAA title for Bell (16-1), which beat Wilson (11-5-1) in the final last year. "It means everything," Possian said. "We practiced all year for it. We deserved it. God made it happen."
The Tigers, however, didn't go quietly. Cole Montgomery's goal, a flick over the head of Bell goalkeeper Jose Ferrufino (six saves), tied the score at one late in the second half. But in the end, Possian and the Griffins were too much to handle. "I'm not really too disappointed," said Maeder, whose team won consecutive DCIAA championships in 2007 and 2008. "We played well."
A few minutes after the final whistle sounded, Bell's players dumped a bucket of Gatorade on Molina's head. "We're gonna get him again next year," Possian said.