Patapsco coach Pat Poletynski gave no speeches before her team's state Class 1A/2A semifinal against Towson at Howard last night. Although her Patriots had lost, 3-0, to the Generals in their final regular-season game, they needed no revised game plan.
"I didn't say a thing," Poletynski said. "They were just thankful to get another shot.
And Patapsco took advantage. After 80 minutes of regulation and 20 of sudden-death overtime produced a 1-1 tie and the game remained tied, 2-2, after the first five players for each team in the shootout, three of the next five Patriots scored to give Patapsco (13-1) a 5-2 shootout victory.
Patapsco advanced to Saturday's state 1A/2A final, in which it will meet Middletown (Frederick County), which had beaten Loch Raven, 4-0, earlier in the evening.