In a rematch of playoff opponents last year, Westminster upended visiting Severna Park in a penalty-kick shootout in a Class 4A East girls soccer regional semifinal in Westminster last night.
After 100 scoreless minutes, including 20 minutes of overtime, the No. 15-ranked Owls outscored the 15-2, No. 2 Falcons by 7-5 in penalty kicks.
The teams were tied at four penalty kicks until Severna Park junior midfielder Rachel Jacobs' attempt sailed wide left.
After Westminster senior forward Amy Vagnoni and junior midfielder Kasey Owings sandwiched goals around one by Falcons senior midfielder Meg Miller, Severna Park senior forward Kristin Garrott's kick bounced off the right post.
Then Owls senior back Becki Ridgeway top-shelfed a goal, and senior goalie Amy Ridgely dove to her right to turn away a shot by Falcons senior forward Jen Cielewich to clinch the victory.
Bryan Shumaker, coach of Westminster (11-2-1), said the victory would help him forget about last season's 2-1 overtime loss to Severna Park in the state semifinals.
"That team is ranked No. 1 nationally by some folks," he said of the Falcons. "Most people would have put us as the underdogs. I think we proved we belong."
The Owls will meet the winner of Arundel vs. Chesapeake-AA match in the regional championship game at Severna Park Tuesday.
Class 4A North
No. 12 Parkville 3, Perry Hall 2 (OT): Emily Anastasia scored two goals to lead the Knights past Perry Hall.
Class 3A North
No. 14 Franklin 2, Dundalk 1 (OT): Lindsay Sproul's penalty kick early in the first overtime period sent the Indians past Dundalk, which tied the game with six minutes left in regulation.
Jessie Kleiner gave Franklin a 1-0 lead in the first half.
Class 2A North
No. 9 Hereford 3, Towson 0: Sarah Stotlz scored twice -- one goal in each half -- to power the Bulls (12-1-2) in the region semifinal. Hereford faces the winner of Loch Raven-Lansdowne Tuesday.
Class 2A South
No. 11 Mount Hebron 4, Southern-AA 0: Sophomore Julie Napolitano scored twice and assisted on another goal to lead the Vikings. Hebron will next meet Howard County rival Hammond -- 1-0 winner over last year's state champ, Centennial -- on Tuesday for the region crown.
Class 1A North
Sparrows Point 15, North East 0: Carrie Kraemer and Stacy Berger each scored four goals, and Me-Me Fowlkes added three for the Pointers, up 11-0 at the half.