It took an incredible goal from the defending state champions in the closing minutes of the Class 2A final for Southern-AA to finally fall in a breakthrough season.

Moments after missing on an open net, Middletown senior forward Kelly Hohl made no mistake with a quick second chance — scoring from 16 yards with 6:56 to play to give the Knights from Frederick County a 1-0 win over Southern for their sixth state championship.

Hohl collected a ball on the left side and neatly found the upper-right corner for the game-winner.

The Bulldogs, who played well in their first state title game, had chances in the final minute when senior Kassie Bryant set up for a free kick from 30 yards. Her first shot was blocked by the Middletown wall, and her second chance off the rebound was saved by goalie Rebecca Moore.

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The Bulldogs, who got nine saves from senior goalie Maddie Mona, ended their season with a 12-6-1 mark, while Middletown finishes 15-3-1.

“I’m unbelievably proud of this team,” Southern coach Brooke Walsh said. “I told them after the game that I wasn’t any less proud of them whether we had won 1-0 or lost 1-0. In terms of the game, I thought it was pretty even. I think they may have been a little more physical than us, and they had a lot more chances in the last 15 minutes. The one goal they scored was fantastic.”