The season was moving along quite nicely for Old Mill's boys soccer team until Severna Park ruined it.
The third-seeded Falcons handed No. 2 seed Old Mill its second loss in less than a week, 3-0, yesterday in the Class 4A, East Region semifinals at Chesapeake.
Scott Vane scored twice for Severna Park (11-2), which dealt the Patriots (9-2-2) their first loss, 3-2, on Friday when Matt Benewicz scored in the second overtime.
Seventh-ranked Severna Park will play top-seeded and No. 6 North County in the final Saturday at 7:30 p.m. When the teams met in the regular season, the Knights won, 3-2.
Vane, a sophomore, began the season on the junior varsity with an injured knee. "He's probably the second-best athlete on the ++ team behind [Scott] Neuberger," said coach Don Gregg.
If the Falcons needed added incentive yesterday, all they had to do was think back to last year's regional playoffs, when their top-seeded team was upset by Old Mill, 4-0, in the semifinals.
"It was redemption time, so to speak," Gregg said. "I took a show of hands on the bench and there were about 70 percent of the kids from last year's team, and they did not want to look at a 4-0 score."
Vane and Neuberger converted for Severna Park in the first half, and both goals were set up by near-perfect passes.
Bryce Poland chipped the ball ahead to Vane, who was left one-on-one with Patriots goalkeeper Steve Shulanski. Vane grounded a shot past Shulanski, who had charged out of the net, for a 1-0 lead at 23:04.
"We were trying to trap and somebody didn't get out quick enough. And they did a good job of countering the trap," said Old Mill coach Don Hobbs.
His defense was burned again at 38:56, when Kelly Harris fed Neuberger down the middle of the field. Shulanski again had no support and little chance of making a save.
On the third goal, which came midway through the second half, Matt Swift approached Shulanski from the left side, spun and made a blind pass to Vane toward the center of the goal area. Vane then placed a hard shot into the lower-right corner of the net.
"We gave it everything we had last Friday night, and there wasn't anything left tonight," said Hobbs. "Severna Park just plain outplayed us. We had a fantastic season, we just didn't have it tonight."