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Clutch Ludwig lifts Mustangs

The Baltimore Sun

C. Milton Wright senior forward Lyndsie Ludwig has scored big goals before.

As a sophomore in 2005, it was her goal that gave the Mustangs a state soccer championship.

Yesterday, she scored another one, this time giving her team a chance to play in another state final.

Ludwig's 12th goal of the season with 1:59 to play in the first 10-minute overtime gave the No. 13 Mustangs a 2-1 upset win over No. 5 Severna Park in the Class 4A state semifinal hosted by South River High.

C. Milton Wright will take on the Eleanor Roosevelt-Quince Orchard winner in the title game next week at Broadneck.

After an evenly played game with few scoring chances, the Mustangs advanced with some precise work on offense.

Midfielder Julia Brown found forward Kylie Galyen, who passed across to Ludwig for the goal from 10 yards out.

"I saw Kylie had the ball and ... I saw an opening on the left side," Ludwig said. "So she gave me a perfect ball, I hit it to the far post just in case I missed so someone else could hit it in. But it went in, so that was good."

In a defensive second half, each team had an ideal scoring chance in the final two minutes of regulation.

Severna Park sophomore Amanda Novy one-timed a shot from 15 yards that keeper Allison Kuchar turned back with 2:10 left.

The Mustangs came right back down the field when Angelica Appold received a through ball by Galyen. Behind the defense, Appold took one dribble before firing a shot from 12 yards, but goalie Brittany Ross aggressively cut off the angle.

The Falcons (15-3) took a 1-0 lead on a penalty kick from Missy Weiss with 14:51 left in the first half before Wright (12-4-1) got even when Alexa Carlevaro lofted a shot from 30 yards that found its way over Ross.

"Playing less than 48 hours ago in a double overtime against Leonardtown took a lot out of us," said Severna Park coach Gary Lam, whose Falcons were playing in their third straight overtime game. "I thought we played extremely well under the circumstances. You have to give [the Mustangs] credit - they earned that last goal. It was a good diagonal run and she was running one way and turned back on it to score. That's tough to do."


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