The confidence that comes from being there before factored in big for the defending Class 4A state champion South River girls soccer team in Friday's playoff game at Broadneck.
After 100 quality minutes of soccer ended with the teams tied at 2, the Class 4A East Section I final was decided on penalty kicks. The No. 8 Seahawks, who knocked off Bethesda-Chevy Chase to win last year's championship in a penalty kick shootout, felt right at home.
After Madison Koenig, Kelly Longo and Alyssa Hill all scored on their chances and goalie Emily Proctor made a diving save on one of Broadneck's kicks, junior Katie Berkowitz neatly placed her shot to the right side — giving the Seahawks a 4-2 shootout win over the No. 3 Bruins.
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South River (13-3) will travel to No. 7 Severna Park (14-3) for the East region title on Tuesday with the game time set for 5p.m. Broadneck, which captured the regular-season title in Anne Arundel County, finishes with a 13-2-2 mark. For the Seahawks, Friday's game was a welcome case of deja vu.
"It's unbelievable, and all I could think about was the state game. It was exactly like it and I just knew I had to do what I did in the state game. I had to support my team, and I play for them and that's about it," said Proctor, a sophomore who dived to her right to turn back a strong shot from Bri Harris to help in the win.
After a scoreless first half, the Seahawks seemingly took charge with goals from Kacie Longo and Hill for a 2-0 lead with less than under 18 minutes to play in regulation. But much like the regular season game — when Broadneck rallied from the same deficit and won 3-2, the Bruins showed urgency and were rewarded with two well-placed goals from Ellie McNulty on free kicks just outside the penalty area.
Both team had chances in the dramatic 20 minutes of overtime, but neither could put the game away — leaving it up to penalty kicks. All four Seahawks goals in the shootout were well placed in the right corner. McNulty and Allie Bragaw scored penalty kicks for the Bruins, who had one shot go high and the other turned aside by Proctor.
"It's a big step for these kids, and they now know they can play with anyone. [We had] a very good team, the seniors led the way. … All the way around they just did a great job," said Broadneck coach John Camm.
No. 6 Catonsville 2, Perry Hall 1: Sophomore Andrea McTaggart scored her second game-winning goal of the week to lead the host Comets (15-1) past the Gators (9-7), 2-1, in the Class 4A North regional.
McTaggart scored with 3:26 left in the second half after a pass from Renee Gast. McTaggart had scored in the Comets' 2-1 regional quarterfinal triumph over Dulaney on Oct. 30 with 9:24 left.
Junior Jenn Nonn scored her 20th goal of the season and 67th of her career in the first half as the Comets won their 14th straight game. Perry Hall's goal was scored by Rachel Bohli, off an assist from Melanie Garrison.
Catonsville will host the winner of the Sherwood/Blake semifinal on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Catonsville lost to Sherwood on penalty kicks after a double-overtime tie last season in the regional finals.
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No. 14 Marriotts Ridge 1, Calvert 0: Mary Koutrelakos scored with 3:34 left in the first half to lift the Mustangs (12-2-2) over the host Cavaliers in Class 2A South Section I final.
No. 6 Gilman 1, No. 10 Loyola 0: For the first time this season, a game between the Dons (9-9-3) and Greyhounds (9-7-3) didn't end in a 1-all tie.
Andrew Gemma scored the game-winner with 22 minutes left in the game off a corner kick by Sam Wancowicz to lift host Gilman over Loyola in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference quarterfinal.
The Greyhounds travel to No. 1 McDonogh for Wednesday's semifinal.
No. 8 Archbishop Curley 2, No. 11 John Carroll 0: Tre Pulliam scored on two breakaways in the second half to lead the host Friars (11-9-1) past the Patriots (11-11) in an MIAA A Conference quarterfinal.
Curley travels to St. Paul's for Wednesday's semifinal.