Playing their third game in three days, the C. Milton Wright Mustangs looked a bit shaky in the early moments of last night's Class 3A-4A state semifinal game against Parkville.
Once they got going, however, the Mustangs never looked back, rallying from an early deficit to post a 17-10 win at Catonsville Community College.
"We came into this a little bit too cocky, but when they came out and scored first, we realized we'd have to work harder," said attacker Jamie Gerhart.
That's just what the Mustangs did, building a double-digit lead before the Knights rallied in the final minutes to pull within seven.
The Mustangs (16-1) advanced to the state championship game at 8 p.m. Wednesday at UMBC, their second appearance in a state final. They lost to Mount Hebron in 1995.
Gerhart led the Mustangs with six goals and an assist, Rachel Sappington had four goals and three assists, and Page Heath added four goals.
Parkville was led by Becky Wildt's three goals. Stephanie Curnoles added a goal and three assists for the Knights.
Wright's players say they feel confident in their ability to win the team's first state title, especially after 15 straight wins which included victories this week over Harford County rivals Fallston and Bel Air.
"At the beginning of the year, we weren't together at all, and now, these past few games, we've been playing at our top level," Gerhart said.
Pub Date: 5/16/98