"We held our own, very physical game," Austin said.
The Mustangs were outshot, 8-5, and Urbana had a 6-4 advantage in corner kicks. Mustangs keeper Stacy Venanzi finished with three saves. Hirabayashi had two.
The Mustangs (17-1-1) will face unbeaten River Hill (16-0) for the 3A state crown Thursday at UMBC. Game time is 7:30 p.m.
"River Hill's going to give us a good fight," Smucker said. "All year we've heard about them. We know that they're pretty quick up top, and I'm thinking it's going to be another physical game. Should be a good battle to end the year with."
Cougars win in final seconds
There's nothing like waiting until the final seconds, and that's exactly what the Fallston girls soccer team did Friday night in its 1-0 Class 2A state semifinal with Calvert, played at Bel Air High School.
Fallston sophomore defender Logan Gasior followed her own corner kick and hit a shot on goal from the right side. The ball struck squarely off the inside of the far post and bounced back along the goal line, before bouncing off a Calvert defender and back into the net.
"I just saw the time running down and I just took a shot, hoping someone would finish it or it would go in and it did," Gasior said. "I was very surprised, as soon as I kicked it, I didn't think it was going in. I turned around to get back, but it did go in."
Up until that point, neither team could solve their opponent's defense. The Cougars (15-2-2) had a handful of chances, but high or wide shots missed their mark.
"We're going to PKs, that's what I was thinking," Cougars head coach Mark Hannahs said. "Hey, we'll take it. We started out, nobody expected anything from us. We weren't ranked, we lost 15 seniors, we start three seniors, so we just said, let's sneak under the radar and keep plugging along."
Calvert, led by First Team All-State player Megen Jackson (23 goals, three assists), also had few chances, but their best chance came off of Jackson's foot 11 minutes into the second half. Jackson's 30-yard blast beat Cougars keeper Kayla Reilly, but the right post behind Reilly kept the ball out of the goal.
The Cougars defense did a nice job throughout the night, keeping Jackson and her two sophomore teammates, Alli Higgs (13 goals, 11 assists) and Hailey Williams (12 goals, 21 assists), at bay.
"Their forwards were really skilled, they were really fast," senior sweeper Marissa Walker said. "I just think our defense did a good job anticipating the ball and just stepping up when we needed to. Just keeping the girl in front of us the whole time."
Joining Walker in the back are senior Ashley Mozingo and junior Megan Shock on the sides and Gasior out front.
Cougars goalie Reilly finished with four saves. Calvert goalie Rachel King finished with five saves.
The Cougars will play in the 2A state title game Saturday night at UMBC. The opponent will be Middletown (15-2) and game time is 7:30 p.m.