Bridget Harthausen scored two goals as host No. 7 Loch Raven kept itself in the Baltimore County Division I title race by topping No. 8 Franklin, 3-0, yesterday.
The Raiders (9-1) play host to No. 6 Dulaney Thursday for the title. Last year, Loch Raven lost to Dulaney in the county title game.
Raiders coach Anthony Menegatti said he wasn't worried about his team looking ahead to Dulaney when it played Franklin yesterday.
"They were focused all on Franklin," Menegatti said. "If we didn't win, the Dulaney game would have been meaningless. That's why Franklin had our full concentration."
The Raiders outshot the Indians, 12-5, but had trouble setting up their offense in the first half. Then Susan Giannacinni scored off a corner kick by Wendy Yingling to put Loch Raven ahead, 1-0, just 10 minutes into the second half.
Loch Raven continued the offensive pressure as Harthausen scored twice off passes from Nicole Froman in a span of five minutes to increase the lead to 3-0.
"We just got it in our minds to settle down more in the second half," Menegatti said. "We began to set up good opportunities."
It was the first time the Indians have been shut out this season. Franklin (8-2), whose only previous loss was to Dulaney, had trouble breaking into the Raiders' defense.
One of the Keys was the play of Loch Raven defender Ann Mobley, who shut down the area's second leading scorer, Sara Gustafson.
Franklin could have been in a position to force at least a tie for the division title with a win over Loch Raven yesterday.