Megan Horneman supplied the perfect ending to Liberty's perfect regular season.
Horneman scored three of her four goals in a 77-second span late in the game to give No. 10 Liberty a hard-fought, 8-6 victory over host Westminster.
Liberty became the first Carroll County team to finish the season unbeaten. The Lions ended 12-0 overall and 6-0 in the county for their fourth straight county title.
Westminster finished 7-5 and 3-3. Both teams advance to the regional playoffs that begin Friday.
Liberty, which routed Westminster, 15-4, in an earlier meeting, had no such luck this time. The Owls stuck with the Lions every step of the way.
"We needed a wake-up call," said Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn. "We got frazzled, [but] they got us primed and ready for Friday night."
Westminster really turned up the heat, tying the game at 5 when Kara Hedges (two goals) scored on a bullet from in close with 6:33 left.
Up stepped Horneman. With 3:12 left, she scored an unassisted goal to give the Lions a 6-5 lead. The Owls answered, though, when they won the ensuing draw, and Tiffany Weal scored nine seconds later.
After that, it was all Horneman. Thirty seconds after Weal's goal, Horneman sliced through the defense and flipped a shot in for a 7-6 lead.
Horneman added the clincher with 1:55 left on a free-position shot. Liberty ran out much of the remainder of the clock.
"I was scared," said Horneman. "When you have a score that close, the only thing you can do is go to goal, get it and go."
Chrissy Primavera was another big offensive force for the Lions, scoring three times to raise her career total to 103. Kym Frey scored the other goal for Liberty, which finished with 204 goals in 12 regular-season games.
Westminster simply wanted to give a better showing than last time.
"We wanted to win the game," said Westminster coach Amanda Bodden. "We tried to slow them down. [The Liberty] speed is what beat us last time."
The Owls kept the pressure on, going to the goal more and more often as the game progressed.
Said Hedges: "We had nothing to lose. We were right with them."
Both teams also received good games from their goalies. Danielle Fischer of Westminster and Dani Fostik from Liberty both finished with 18 saves.