Last-minute heroics is nothing new when No. 3 Archbishop Spalding and No. 4 John Carroll get together in girls soccer.
That was again the case Friday afternoon in Bel Air, where the host Patriots got a goal from sophomore Susie Snee with under two minutes remaining in regulation play, salvaging a 1-1 overtime tie against the defending Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference champion Cavaliers.
Spalding got the game's first goal with 16 minutes to play when senior Maggie Morrison finished off a chance in front after Samantha Kirk's shot went off the top crossbar.
The visitors had two chances to take a two-goal lead — Dani Beard's free kick hitting the crossbar and Morrison shot in close turned aside by a fine save from John Carroll goalie Gina Maiorana — before the Patriots were able to answer. Kadie Hook took a hard, low shot aimed at the far post that Spalding goalie Jocelyn McCoy got her hands on, but Snee made a strong run to the far post to put it home. Scoring opportunities were limited in the 20 minutes of overtime play. Spalding is now 6-3-1, while John Carroll goes to 7-0-1 on the season.
In last year's conference semifinal game, the Cavaliers got a tying goal with seven seconds left and then won in overtime on their way to a second straight title.
"That's the kind of game you get at the top of this conference. It was a good-quality game and that's what we're looking for. We kind of gave it away in the end, but that's the way these games are. If you look at the history, they are always down to the wire," said Spalding coach Bob Dieterle.
No. 12 Loch Raven 3, Towson 2: Eight minutes into overtime, Kara Kleinhammer scored her second goal of the game to lift the Raiders (5-2) past the Generals. Chelsea Hunt scored the other Raiders goal.
No. 3 Glenelg 9, River Hill 1: Kaylie Hinkle found the net four times in the visiting Gladiators' (6-1) convincing defeat of the Hawks. Alyssa Parker added two goals and two assists.
No. 4 River Hill 5, Long Reach 1: The Hawks (6-0) scored three of their five goals off penalty kicks in their defeat of the host Lightning (0-6). Tommy Krug, River Hill's leading goal scorer, scored his sixth and seventh goals to lead the Hawks.
No. 6 Reservoir 4, Howard 0: Senior Kevin Johnson scored his first two goals of the season in the Gators' (6-0) triumph over the Lions.
Baltimore Sun reporters contributed to this article.