Old Mill took most of the shots yesterday, but Chesapeake had the only ones that mattered.
Senior midfielder Jaime Long scored twice and junior Sandra Norris made 25 saves, leading the fourth-seeded Cougars past the third-seeded Patriots, 3-0, in the 3A-4A East Region girls soccer final at Chesapeake.
No. 9 Chesapeake (11-2-1) will make its second appearance in the state playoffs on Saturday against an undetermined opponent. Two years ago, the Cougars lost to Dulaney, 1-0, in the semifinals.
Junior forward Melissa Wagner also scored for Chesapeake, which won despite being outshot, 28-10.
"Old Mill just mounted a tremendous attack," said Cougars coach Lin Sullivan. "Sandra really played with confidence. With the number of shots they put on goal, this game could have been a rout. But she absolutely would not let anything in. She was like a magnet."
On Chesapeake's first goal, a couple of Old Mill defenders were unable to clear the ball before Kristie Owen tapped it to Long, who lined a shot into the lower right corner of the net at 23:02.
"It was like confusion," said Long, who has four goals against Old Mill this season, including two in a 3-0 win earlier. "I went over to Kristie and there were so many people around her that I called her and she passed it to me. I started to lose my balance, so I just kind of slid and aimed for the corner."
The Patriots (11-3), ranked No. 3 in the metro area, had a 14-5 advantage in shots through one half, but couldn't convert. They either missed by the slightest of margins, or were robbed by Norris.
"We had a lot of opportunities," said coach Bruce Sponsler. "Chesapeake's the kind of team that the longer they keep you off the board, the stronger they get. In the first 10 minutes, [Norris] was great, but as each segment of 10 minutes goes on, she gets more and more pumped. She was just oozing confidence. She couldn't wait for the girls to shoot at her.
"We depend on a few mental mistakes from a goalkeeper and she made none tonight."