Coming off Friday's upset win over region favorite Severna Park, Westminster coach Bryan Shumaker said he feared a letdown in last night's region final.
It didn't take him long to realize those fears were unwarranted.
The host No. 10 Owls dominated from beginning to end, outshooting Chesapeake 19-2 in a 3-0 win to capture the Class 4A East regional girls soccer title.
"Our coach told us it was OK to be confident, but not to be arrogant," said midfielder Amanda Hartman, who led the Owls with a goal and an assist. "I had confidence, and I think the rest of the team also walked in here confident."
Westminster (12-2-1) advances to Friday's Class 4A state semifinals at Severna Park High School against the winner of last night's game between Quince Orchard and Wootton.
Westminster controlled play throughout the first half, outshooting the Cougars 7-1 but failing to score.
"We got enough cracks, and I knew that if we kept it up, one would go in," said Shumaker. "At halftime, we just tried to work on having a little more patience and not trying to race up and down the field."
The advice seemed to pay off.
The Owls broke the ice with 27: 52 left in regulation when Tirza Ridgely -- taking her fifth corner kick of the second half -- sent a high liner in front of the goal. The ball brushed off a player's leg to Hartman, who beat Danielle Stinson to her right from 10 yards out.
Less than five minutes later, Westminster made it 2-0 on Tricia Teal's header off a feed from midfielder Mandy Komar.
The Owls bid to extend the lead, but what appeared to be a third goal by Ginger Myers was later disallowed.
Chesapeake (9-5), meanwhile, could muster little in the way of offense, spending most of the game in a defensive posture. The Cougars had beaten Arundel in overtime to advance to the finals.
"We took a chance going with the wind in the first half, hoping we could punch one in," said Chesapeake coach Jerry McBee. "Really, they just outplayed us from start to finish. We're a defensive team, and we have to keep it a one-goal game to have a chance."
Rachel Lindsay's goal with 3: 22 left, off an assist from Hartman, finished the scoring for the Owls.
Shumaker said that, in retrospect, he needn't have worried about a letdown.
"It's every coach's fear," he said. "This team is so dedicated and works so hard. I guess I didn't fear it too much."
No. 11 Parkville 3, Dulaney 2: Kristen Habicht and Emily and Stacey Anastasia scored goals to lead the visiting Knights (11-2-1) past the Lions in the 4A North final, to win their first regional championship.