Towson and Hereford played creative, wide-open soccer in Tuesday night's Class 3A North Regional final, and in the end, the host Bulls had a bit more scoring punch to pull out the 3-2 victory.
Evan Anderson and David Endres each scored first-half goals, and Eric Endres scored an early second-half goal for Hereford. The Bulls play Atholton, which upset No. 12 Mount Hebron, in the state semifinals at CCBC-Essex on Saturday. Hereford (11-2-1) last reached the state semifinals in 2005, and is looking for its first state title since 1989, the last of three consecutive championships.
"One thing we have not had trouble with this year is actual finishing," Hereford coach Mike Lacko said. "We're definitely blessed with that. Our defense held up well. With Towson, you have to play really hard."
Hereford avenged a 2-1 loss to the Generals (9-5-1) in the regular season.
Anderson found space in the penalty area after taking a pass from Eric Endres and slotted the ball into the corner of the goal from about 5 yards in the 18th minute. Towson tied it six minutes later when Desean Ragland ran down a long pass from Matt Ross and flicked it in from just outside the penalty area.
The Bulls, however, regained the lead with 8:15 remaining in the half when John Frasier made a deft pass to David Endres, who beat his defender and fired the ball into the corner.
Eric Endres increased the margin when he scored off a pass from Anderson just four minutes into the second half. Ross cut the score to 3-2 when he knocked in a ball initially saved by Hereford goalie Mike Warns.
"We came out with fire," Eric Endres said. "We just wanted to win so bad."
Goals: T-Des. Ragland, Ross ; H-Anderson, D. Endres, E. Endres. Assists: T-Ross; H-Anderson, E. Endres, Frasier. Saves: T-Helmers 6; H-Warns 5. Half: H, 2-1.