Shannon Band had several chances to connect with her Towson teammates' crisp crossing passes early in yesterday's game against Loch Raven, but she could never get a stick on one.
The junior forward made up for that in overtime.
Camped on the left post, Band deflected home a pass from Lisa Simmonds high on the circle to give the No. 2 Generals a 2-1 victory over Loch Raven in double overtime.
"I was getting really frustrated," said Band, "because in the game, I missed several of the cross passes. All my adrenaline came out on that shot."
Band's goal not only broke a tie in the game, but it guarantees the Generals a berth in Thursday's Baltimore County championship, which features the top two teams in the tough Heron Division.
The Generals improve to 10-0-2 overall and 8-0 in the Heron Division. They have two division games left, neither against a contender.
Loch Raven (9-2) falls to 8-1 in the division. The Raiders could force a rematch with the Generals in the county final if they defeat No. 11 Hereford in Tuesday's regular-season finale. A Hereford win would put the Bulls (7-2-2, 7-1-1) in the title game.
Yesterday, the visiting Raiders rattled the Generals, who had shut out 10 straight opponents, by taking the lead on their only shot of the game. On a nicely executed corner play early in the second half, Jen Feris deflected in a Courtney Cordell pass.
Towson regrouped in time to tie at 1-1 with 7:47 left in regulation. Hayley Mershon scored on a corner play when she redirected a drive from her sister, Whitney.
The Generals, who had a 20-3 advantage in corners and outshot the Raiders, 14-1, took four shots in the first 10-minute overtime, played with seven players on each side.
Jocelyn Paul nailed a shot off the post in the first overtime, but Band hit the game-winner just 1:32 into the second sudden-death overtime.
No. 11 Hereford 0, No. 12 Dulaney 0, 2 OT: This Heron Division matchup couldn't have been more even through the entire 80 minutes of play. Both goalies - Hereford's Christina Restivo and Dulaney's Laura Kay - made 15 saves.
The tie, however, knocked Dulaney, which tied Catonsville for the county title last season, out of contention as the Lions (8-2-1) drop to 6-2-1 in the division.