One fine moment from senior midfielder Michael Rose provided the needed offense for the No. 3 Severna Park boys team, and an organized front on defense sent the Falcons to the Class 4A East regional championship game with a 1-0 win over Anne Arundel County rival Broadneck yesterday afternoon.
Rose collected a ball at midfield and made a strong run past three defenders to work his way inside the No. 4 Bruins' penalty area, then found the lower right corner from 15 yards for his 16th goal of the season in the game's 31st minute.
The Bruins (14-2-1) had chances to get even, getting a strong performance in particular from senior Dylan Reddersen, but couldn't get anything past the Falcons' defense and goalie Peter Hoffler.
The Falcons (14-3) will take on Leonardtown - a 2-1 overtime winner over Arundel in its semifinal yesterday - in the regional title game set for Tuesday.
"It's very tough for a defender to handle you once you're going full steam," said Rose, who will play at Notre Dame next year. "I got some good bounces, made some guys miss, and the goalie came out and I was able to get it by him."
Centennial 2, Howard 1 -- Eric Oates scored the game-winner in the last minute of the first overtime as the host Eagles (11-4-2) edged the Lions in Class 3A East. Howard took a 1-0 lead on Mike Lamar's goal halfway through the first half. Centennial's Daniel Benitez scored 15 minutes into the second half to force the overtime. Centennial faces the winner of the Bel Air-Fallston semifinal in Tuesday's regional final.
Eastern Tech 6, Randallstown 5 -- David Cash, Tevin Jackson and Shane Thompson scored two goals each to power the host Mavericks (10-3-1) past the Rams (8-4) in a Class 2A North semifinal. Eastern Tech hosts Loch Raven (8-6) in Tuesday's regional championship game. Marcellus Dogo and Thomas Yolain had two goals each for Randallstown. Eastern Tech's boys and girls soccer teams are competing with Loch Raven teams for the 2A North regional titles.
No. 13 C. Milton Wright 3, Linganore 0 -- Lyndsie Ludwig scored twice in the second half to power the host Mustangs (11-4-1) past the Lancers in Class 4A North. C.M. Wright advances to face Kenwood in the regional championship game Tuesday. The Mustangs outshot the Lancers, 33-9.
No. 14 Loch Raven 8, Overlea 0 -- Caleigh Banker and Sam Hannibal each scored twice as the host Raiders (12-3-1) shut out the Falcons in Class 2A North. Loch Raven advances to face Eastern Tech in Tuesday's regional championship game.
Loyola 3, Gilman 2 -- It may not have been easy, but for the third time in the last four years, Loyola can call themselves conference champions. The Dons fought back from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Gilman, 3-2 for the MIAA A conference title Friday night. "It was a really tight match," said Dons head coach Tim Baier. After splitting the first two sets, Loyola lost the third set 27-25 and and found themselves down 15-7 to the Greyhounds in the fourth. They rallied to tie the score at 20 but had to fight off a match point before evening the contest and then winning the deciding fifth set to seal the victory. The Dons were led by senior outside hitter Ian Buchanan, who had 21 kills and three blocks. Junior Trevor Dauses added 13 kills for the champions.
Sun reporters contributed to this article.