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Century was in a similar position last season, and the outcome was all too familiar.

The Knights were ousted by Calvert 3-1 in a Class 2A state semifinal game at River Hill High School on Saturday. It was the second consecutive state semi appearance for the Knights, who rode an eight-game winning streak into Saturday's game.

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"You know," Knights coach Sara Figuly paused. "I'm at a loss for words. We had a very good season and I think the most disappointing thing is having those opportunities and not capitalizing. Sometimes those are your chances and we didn't get the job done."

Missed opportunities ultimately doomed the Knights. Senior forward Rachel Wagner crossed a pass in from the right side that was cleared before a teammate could finish it just four minutes in. Lisi Hurst, a junior forward, attempted to score off a rebound when Calvert goalie Patty Massie dropped the ball. Hurst took a low shot, but as it rolled to the net, Cavalier defenders cleared it just in time.

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The Knights (15-3) went down 2-0 at the break – Calvert senior midfielder Calle Garneau got the Cavaliers on the board first. With 14:14 remaining in the half, senior forward Sydney Watson took a free kick that connected with freshman forward Alex Baker for a second tally.

"We just tried to regroup," Figuly said. "We're still in the game and we wanted to go out hard and kind of capitalize right from the get-go and unfortunately that didn't happen."

Cavaliers sophomore forward Anita Pope made it 3-0 off a feed from Watson with 27:09 left to play. The Knights faced another close opportunity minutes later when senior defender Allison Schaffer took a low shot that came within inches of crossing the goal line before a trio of Calvert defenders knocked it out of bounds.

As time expired, senior midfielder Julia Hatmaker knocked in a header to avoid a shutout for her team.

"I saw somebody crossing it, I saw it in the air and I was kind of there so I wanted to run in and get a head or shoulder on it so it would go in," Hatmaker said. "I was glad to get something on it and saw it go in and I think the girls were happy to get something on the board to end the game."

At the conclusion of the contest, the teams lined up to shake hands. Knights senior goalie Cari Rusk stood at the front of the line and when teammate Kaylee Titus approached, she gave Rusk a big hug.

Rusk is one of 10 seniors that closed out their Century soccer careers on Saturday. Wagner and senior forward Kylie Davis were freshmen on varsity in the fall of 2013 when the Knights won their last state championship.

They also have five straight Carroll County championships and two consecutive 2A West Region crowns under their belt.

"I love these girls with all my heart and I definitely think this year was the best year for us," Hatmaker said. "We got really close and bonded and I hope the girls can be that way in the following years. I love them and I wish them the best for the next couple years."

Goals: CA-Calle Garneau, Alex Baker, Anita Pope; CE-Julia Hatmaker.

Assists: CA-Sydney Watson; CE-none.

Saves: CA-12 (Patty Massie); CE-4 (Hannah Basso 1, Cari Rusk 3).

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Halftime: Calvert, 2-0.

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