But his teammates had chosen to take this kick, which gave him confidence and calm. He approached the ball and sent him home, giving Whitman a 4-3 win in overtime.
"It was a good football game," said Vikings coach Dave Greene. "When we play a very, very good team like that, it happens."
Whitman played a solid first half and seemed to have control after Harmond Cohen's goal gave him a 2-1 lead early in the second. But with less than 10 minutes remaining, Wootton broke through. He tied the match for two and then took a 3-2 lead 30 seconds later thanks to a superb half-volley from senior Francis Meyer.
Whitman responded in the same way two minutes later by forcing the ball into the net after a scrum scrum in front of the goal. In second-half, second-year student Hugo Barnes shot a penalty kick in the box, setting Vogel on the spot.
"I did not stop telling myself not to get nervous," Vogel said. "I was surprised at how I felt collected."
The Vikings (16-1-1) are back in the 4A championship after winning last year's title. Wootton (14-2-0) had been the most powerful opponent of the season. He had tested Whitman during a regular season game 1-0 and then again Saturday night. But the Vikings remain at the top of the local football scene, having lost no team from the region since Halloween 2017.
Leonardtown advance to the final 4A
The Leonardtown boys soccer offense has been nearly perfect this season. While the Raiders stormed southern Maryland and the playoffs, their attack was balanced, consistent and extremely productive. Entering the Maryland 4A semi-final, 17 Raiders combined their efforts to score 88 goals in 18 games.
But Saturday. Leonardtown has shown himself different in a 1-0 win over Arundel. After senior defender Garrett Bridgwater gave the team a lead before half-time, the No. 4 Raiders survived a tight second half with stingy defense and discipline.
"I like playing tense games," said Bridgwater. "Certainly, I would like to win easily. But these tense games are very entertaining. "
Bridgwater's goal scored on a header in the 17th minute. He found an opening in a heap of defenders and put his head on a smooth center.
"He has read the play," said Raiders coach Rob Hor. "A bit like he does as a defender, he sees all the ground. He understands the game. This time, he just read the play, he knew where the ball was going and he got there before everyone else.
The Raiders, winners of four consecutive championships at the Maryland South Athletics Conference, will make their first appearance in the history of the program. They will enter the match with a record of 19-0-0.
"We have to go home, watch a movie, work hard and hope to play our game," Bridgwater said. "Because if we do, we can be champions of the state."