Bev Campbell, who had two goals within a couple of minutes of each other early in the second half, started jumping up and down and screaming with some three minutes left in the Perry Hall-Dulaney Class 3A-4A North regional semifinal last night.
Campbell, who had come out midway of the final half with severe cramps in both legs, thus signaled Perry Hall's 4-1 upset victory over previously unbeaten and defending state champion Dulaney (14-1) at C. Milton Wright High School.
The two had met for the Baltimore County 3A-4A title 10 days ago, with No. 2 Dulaney, which is ranked 23rd nationally, popping a goal 30 seconds into the game en route to a 3-1 victory.
That team, and the one that stopped Loch Raven, 2-1, for the county title two days later, was not the same one that played last night. Credit Perry Hall, a team without a lot of press clippings, with wanting this one more.
Jessa Phoebus set the tone for Perry Hall (11-2) when she set up Kerri Siess with the game's first goal midway of the first half. It was the first of her three assists, as she later got the ball to Campbell for her two scores.
Dulaney back Nikki Smith, who had controlled the middle against the Gators earlier, as well as against Loch Raven, never had a chance.
"We wanted to take Smith out of it, so we challenged her inside with Phoebus and then tried to get get a lob pass over the top," said first-year Perry Hall coach Frank Insinga. "Our halfbacks crossed the ball from the wings inside. We did it in the first round and scored six goals against Parkville."
A big factor in Perry Hall's triumph was the play of goalkeeper Steph Koman. She had 11 saves and directed traffic.
"Credit her; she was the key," Insinga said. "I told her she had to talk back there. I wanted her going for the loose balls; I didn't want my backs trying to head them out of there."
An unmarked player and a back's attempt to clear led to Dulaney's only goal, a header by Paige Young late in the first half.
Another key to the Gators' win was the marking job Sue Fortkiewicz did on Dulaney junior Ali Schuch. A second-team All-Metro pick last year, she came into the game with 29 goals and 11 assists, but was thwarted in trying to get her game going.
"Perry Hall outplayed us," Dulaney coach Kathy Schmidt said. "I don't think we played to our capabilities, though. Some of our players were not having their best night."