No. 13 Hereford passed a tough test as the top seed in the Class 3A North playoffs by holding on for a 2-1 girls soccer victory over a tenacious North Harford team that put together a late rally in Tuesday's quarterfinal.
The Bulls dominated early on goals by Anna Curreri and Kelsey Mattola but then scrambled to contain the visiting Hawks, who pushed more players forward in the second half. Hereford held on and plays No. 15 C. Milton Wright in the semifinals.
"I was not pleased with our play," Hereford coach Nancy Ferguson said. "We can play much better than that. We weren't aggressive. We weren't switching the field. There was poor communication. It's got to be fixed if we want to keep going."
The Hawks, the eighth seed, advanced to the quarterfinals with a 4-0 victory over Aberdeen in the opening round and finished the season 9-4-3.
North Harford goalie Haley Ford made several nice stops in the 11th minute, but Curreri knocked in a loose ball from 8 yards for the game's first goal. The Bulls (12-2-1) continued to build their attack through the midfield and controlled the tempo.
Hereford wasted little time adding to its lead as Mattola knocked in a deft pass from Megan Bell, who dribbled past a defender to the end line just three minutes into the second half. North Harford pushed more players forward, and Alicia Greene cut the margin to 2-1 in the 50th minute.
"We just wanted to make sure we were on top," Mattola said. "We definitely need to pick it up. This woke us up."
No. 2 Severna Park 5, Chesapeake-AA 1: : Marisa Kresge scored two goals and Morgan Taylor added one goal and one assist as the host Falcons (13-3) were able to shake off their Anne Arundel rivals in the Class 4A East quarterfinals.
No. 6 Reservoir 3, Mount Hebron 1: : Stephanie Zaycer scored twice to lead the Gators (12-3-1) over the visiting Vikings in the Class 3A East quarterfinals.
No. 8 Arundel 2, North Point 0: : Senior twins Kahra and Caprice Kelty each scored a goal as the host Wildcats (13-3) advanced to the Class 4A East semifinals, where they meet Severna Park on Friday.
No. 4 Fallston 3, Elkton 2, OT: : Matt Hamilton scored his second goal in the first overtime as the Cougars rallied from a 2-0 halftime deficit to defeat the Elks in the Class 2A East quarterfinals. Mikey Antinozzi added a goal and an assist in the win.
Mount Hebron 2, No. 7 River Hill 2 (Mount Hebron won on penalty kicks, 4-3): : Down one player, the visiting Vikings got the tying goal from Jorgen Farner with 45 seconds left in regulation. Then, in penalty kicks, they got a clinching save from goalie Drew Staedeli to advance to the Class 3A East semifinals.
No. 7 Century 2, No. 12 Winters Mill 0: : Midfielder Jill Remenapp provided all the offense the host Knights (15-1) needed in a Class 2A West semifinal.
No. 9 Fallston 5, Rising Sun 0: : Senior forward Caitlin Dempsey scored two goals to lead the host Cougars, Class 3A state champs last year, to Thursday's Class 2A North title game.
No. 10 Hereford 1, Towson 0, 2OT:: Allie Hackbarth scored with 6:46 left in the second overtime to lead the host Bulls to victory in the Class 3A North semifinals. Generals goalie Emily Coccagna finished with nine saves.
Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.