Only three players scored goals for Towson, but that wa enough.
Especially because Karen Siwinski was one of them.
Siwinski had six goals and one assist to lead host and top seed Towson to an 11-8 victory over third seed Southern of Anne Arundel in the Class 2A-1A, Region III final yesterday.
Towson (10-3) advances to the Class 2A-1A state semifinals tomorrow at Catonsville Community College. Southern, whose coach Linda Kilpatrick is stepping down after eight seasons and three state titles, finished the season at 7-8.
Siwinski scored five of her goals in the first half to help Towson to a 7-5 lead at the break. She scored back-to-back goals as Towson scored three straight to break a 4-4 tie.
In the second half, she assisted Caroline Jones (two goals) on a goal and scored the final goal of the game.
"She's not flashy," said Towson coach Susan Beeler, whose team lost to Southern in last year's playoffs. "She gets the ball [and] she's open. She's just improved, improved, improved."
Siwinski's two biggest goals came in the first half. After Southern's Becky Archambo (five goals, one assist) tied it at 4, Siwinski took a nice feed from Eileen Connor and scored to give the Generals the lead for good.
Then, with 10 minutes left in the half, she beat goalie Crystal Bennett (17 saves) from five yards out for a 6-4 lead.
Siwinski praised her teammates.
"Once they started getting closer, we come together more as a team," said Siwinski. "We were more aggressive."
That certainly was the case in the second half. Despite Towson keeping the ball for much of the first 10 minutes, the Generals could not score. Kari Sherbert cut the lead to 7-6 on the Bulldogs' first shot with 13:49 left.
Siwinski then feed Jones, whose goal made it 8-6 with just over 10 minutes left. Moments later, Kristin Carey (three goals) extended the lead to 9-6.
Southern made one final run. Archambo scored on a free-position shot with under six minutes left, and, less than a minute later, Sherbert (three goals, one assist) scored to make it 9-8.
Archambo got free moments later, took a shot from five yards out, but was stopped by Towson goalie Edith Scouten (11 saves).
Towson wrapped it up when Jones scored on a bounce shot