Liberty coach Courtney Vaughn said she hoped her team's lackluster effort in its regular season finale at Westminster on Tuesday left it "primed and ready" for the playoffs last night.
That certainly appeared to be the case.
Chrissy Primavera had seven goals and one assist, and Kym Frey added two goals and seven assists to lead No. 10 Liberty to an 18-6 victory over visiting Oakland Mills in a Class 2A-1A, Region I playoff game.
Second-seeded Liberty (13-0) advances to the region final on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. when it plays host to No. 1-ranked and top-seeded Mount Hebron, the defending state champion and holder of a 33-game winning streak.
Oakland Mills finishes the season at 7-6.
Against Westminster, Liberty never got its offense in gear and scored only eight goals. Last night, the Lions' high-powered attack started firing early and never stopped.
The Lions rediscovered one of the keys to their offense -- good passing -- and took control early. Primavera (52 goals, 14 assists) kept converting her scoring chances, Frey (34, 41) repeatedly fed open teammates, and Liberty kept scoring.
"We were able to pass the ball," said Vaughn. "We were not [forcing] the pass. Everyone worked well together."
Liberty did score on its first shot, but Oakland Mills already had some chances. The Scorpions fired three shots at Liberty goalie Dani Fostik (11 saves) in the first minute, but she stopped them all.
"That was tough," said Vaughn. "The sun was in her eyes."
After that, the Lions got started. Nicole Bengermino (two goals) scored from about 10 yards out 2:04 into the game. Then, Amie Rose (one goal, two assists) took a pass from Frey and put it in for a quick 2-0 lead just 1:55 later.
Frey then scored on a free position shot, and Bengermino notched her second goal for a 4-0 lead.