The Knights, however, nearly got more than they could handle, going down to the wire before senior Angela Flister scored with 1:36 left to break a tie in a 10-8 win over the Mustangs at Annapolis High.

Century, which is pursuing its sixth state title since 2004, fell behind, 4-0, in the first 10:19 before coming to life. Haley Bordner had four goals and Shelby Mercer and Flister three each.

"We really didn't come out that strong," Flister said. "We hadn't played a team that strong since the beginning of the season. We had to wake up and get back those four goals."

C. Milton Wright started quickly, building a 4-0 lead, scoring twice in two minutes on free positions by Lauren Haggerty and Abby Smucker.

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After looking a step slow in the early going, Century crawled back into the game by winning draw controls. The Knights finished the half by scoring five of the final six goals, pulling even at 5-5 when senior Flister dove to her right and fired an off-balance shot past goalie Heather McKee.

Smucker led the Mustangs with three goals, while Maggie Gallagher and Sara Nolan had two each. Haggerty finished with one goal.

Katie Gallagher had two assists and Brooke Williams had one.

CMW goalie McKee made eight saves.

"We had discussed our previous game against them and the girls played a fantastic game, executing our game plan very well," Mustangs head coach Brent Ritz said. "Century won a few crucial draws at the end of the game when it was tied 8-8."

Rich Scherr for The Baltimore Sun contributed to this article.