Burtonsville--The C. Milton Wright field hockey team is headed back to the Class 3A state championship game for the first time since 2013 after a dominating state semifinal performance Monday night.
The Mustangs (17-1), who won the 3A title in 2013, scored early and often at Paint Branch High School to beat previously unbeaten Urbana (16-1-1), 5-0.
The Mustangs will meet Chesapeake-Anne Arundel in Saturday’s 3A final at Washington College. Chesapeake beat Blake, 3-1, in Monday’s first semifinal. Game time Saturday is 6:30 p.m.
In the win, the Mustangs jumped ahead quickly, taking advantage of their first penalty corner chances.
Junior Georgia Beachley knocked in the first goal with 26:19 left in the opening half.
“I was super excited and definitely knew that my team needed to score quick, in order to get on top first,” Beachley said. “I’m really excited for my team and it should be a good game on Saturday.”
Beachley was looking for another just four minutes later, but Urbana goalie Grace Phillips turned the hard shot away.
A minute later, though, the Mustangs found a way past Phillips. Sam Aljets passed the ball across the goal, where Savannah Gray was waiting to stick it into the goal.
The goal came with 21:02 to play and Urbana called timeout.
The Hawks were awarded their first of two first half corners midway through the half, but neither required a save from CMW goalie Diana Borg who had no saves in the game.
A volley of shots by the Mustangs, were turned away by Phillips (14 saves) with 11:30 left in the half, but the Mustangs were not done.
With 4:12 to play, Taylor Marchetti scored to boost the lead to 3-0. Beachley had the assist.
The Mustangs were back at it in half number two. Just over five minutes in, Emily Cowie scored on a penalty corner with Beachley adding another assist.
Aljets nearly scored on a hard back-hand shot, but the ball sailed high and wide.
Minutes later, with 15:43 left in the game, Urbana called another timeout.
It was four minutes after that, Jill Baldwin scored the fifth and final Mustangs goal. Sophomore Annie Keele had the assist.
The Mustangs finished with an 11-4 advantage in corner opportunities.
“I think I expected it because I always expect them to play their best, but they came out and every single girl was on top of their game,” Mustangs coach Kelly Mattingly said on her team’s dominance. “When we are on the top of our game, they’re hard to beat. They come out and they play hard.”
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