Field hockey teams from C. Milton Wright, North Harford and Fallston are all a win away from region titles as each won Section finals on Monday.
All three schools will host respective region finals on Wednesday.
In CMW’s win the Mustangs (14-1) scored a goal in each half to beat visiting Bel Air (5-11), 2-0, in the Class 3A North, Section II final.
The two schools played three weeks earlier with CMW also winning that game, 1-0, in overtime.
In Monday’s win, the Mustangs dominated play for the most part, but the Bel Air team didn’t give up, led by senior goalie Chelsea Gostomski.
The Mustangs jumped on top quite early, scoring just over seven minutes into the game. Gostomski made an initial save, but Sam Aljets, a CMW junior, was there to put the next shot past the goalie and into the goal.
“It was really crazy, but during practice this week we’ve been working a lot on getting the rebounds and just keep hitting the ball and it just happened to work out,” Aljets said. “This is a big deal for us, it’s been a few years since we beat Bel Air in a playoff game, so this is a really big win for us and we’re looking to go as far as we can.”
The Mustangs appeared to have gone up 2-0 a short time later, but the goal from Natalie Sorlin was waved off when it was ruled the ball never came out of the shooting circle on a penalty corner.
CMW also had a player-up advantage for two minutes midway through the half, but there were no shots.
With under 15 minutes left in the half, Aljets sent a hard shot off the leg pad of Gostomski. The ball caromed out and another shot had the ball headed in, but Bel Air defenders Kelsie Gillis and Annika Egerland combined to keep it out.
Bel Air had a little more offensive push in the final minutes of the half, but no shot.
The Bobcats also came out of the halftime break with an edge in aggression, forcing CMW coach Kelly Mattingly to call timeout.
Four minutes later, the Mustangs added their second goal off a penalty corner. It was the first of four corners in the half for the Mustangs, who had an 8-2 edge in the game.
Emily Cowie, a senior captain, scored the goal, with Olivia Hennessy adding the assist.
“Our corners were actually working pretty well today,” Mustangs coach Kelly Mattingly said. “We got shots off and that was important to just keep shooting on this goalie because she [Gostomski] was amazing.”
A short time later, CMW junior Georgia Beachley unleashed a hard shot that found the back of the cage, but it too, was disallowed for height reasons.
The Mustangs were also awarded a stroke with 10 minutes to play. Aljets took the shot, but Bobcats goalie Gostomski dove to her right and made the save. “It was pretty awesome,” Gostomski said. “I hit my 100th save [earlier in game], so that was an amazing thing, but I saw her and I was like, well, this could either go in or I can stop it. I was like, I got a whole crowd watching and I should probably save it and then it just kind of happened, just my instincts.”
Gostomski, who plans to play in college, finished with 12 saves, which included her 100th of the season.
Opposing goalie Diana Borg had no saves as Bel Air had no shots.
“We played fantastic, I think the girls really kept up regardless of what the score was on the board, they never gave up, which I am very proud of them for that,” Bobcats coach Amy Chmielewski said. “We’re a young team, so next year and the year after, we’re a team to watch out for.”
CMW will host Towson in Wednesday’s region title game at 5 p.m.
Hawks blank Tigers
North Harford (10-5) won the 2A North, Section II final with an 2-0 win over visiting Rising Sun (6-8).
Kelsie Collier and Sarah Burton scored a goal each, both in the first half, and Brooke Ciampaglio had an assist.
Hawks goalie Skylar Limpert earned the shutout with four saves.
The Hawks will host Hereford in the region title game on Wednesday at 6 p.m.
Cougars beat Huskies
Fallston (9-5) won the 1A North, Section II crown with its 6-0 win over visiting Patterson Mill (8-8).
The Cougars had five goal scorers with Nicole Milano scoring twice to leasd the way.
The Cougars other scorers were Kylie Ryan (one assist); Olivia Reed (one assist); Rori McDonald and Caroline Abbott (one assist).
Collecting the win in goal, Megan Dudick made six saves. Sarah Dudick, a defender, had two goal line saves.
The Cougars will host Sparrows Point in Wednesday’s regional final. The game is set for 5 p.m.
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