C. Milton Wright's girls soccer team never backed away from a challenge.
The better the competition, the better the Mustangs (11-5) played.
However, they couldn't hold off a powerful Severna Park team in the season finale. The Mustangs fell, 2-1, in overtime at the state Class 3A/4A semifinals Monday at Chesapeake High School in Anne Arundel County.
Michelle Cope scored the game-winner for the two-time defending state champions midway through the 10-minute overtime period.
Betsy Anderson had given the Falcons (15-0) a 1-0 lead in the first half. The Falcons outshot C. Milton Wright, 9-1, in the half.
The Mustangs came back late in the second half. Julie Francis, who led the Mustangs with 13 goals, tied the game with eight minutes left in the half.
Keeper Danielle Rivas had 13 saves. The Mustangs were also helped by excellent efforts from defenders Melissa Billings and Leigh Biggerman, as well as halfback Kelly MacNeill.
"The kids all year felt they had something to prove after losing a lot of talent from last year," said Mustangs coach Ken Dawson. "They were very tenacious. They hung in and they did not quit."