Wilde Lake advanced to the Region 4, Class 1A/2A girls soccer final by defeating Glenelg, 3-0, yesterday at Wilde Lake.
The Wildecats will play the winner of yesterday's Mount Hebron/Middletown contest. Middletown is the top seed.
The second-seeded Wildecats dominated the game offensively, outshooting third-seeded Glenelg, 52-4. But with five minutes left to play, it was still a 1-0 contest and could have gone either way.
"You can bet what we'll be practicing on tomorrow -- finishing," Wilde Lake coach Rick Wilson said. "Fifty-two shots in one game is unheard of."
In a previous meeting between the teams, Wilde Lake won a 4-3 thriller. But Glenelg was plagued by injuries for Tuesday's game.
Starting center-midfielder and outstanding playmaker Christina Flowers was slowed by a knee injury. Midfielder Heather Schumaker was on the bench with a sprained ankle. And Glenelg's top two goalies were sidelined with injuries.
The Gladiators brought up junior varsity goalie Dina Rolf last week to fill in, and she played well against Wilde Lake in only her second start. Rolf made 23 saves against the Wildecats.
"Our goalie did an excellent job," Glenelg coach Neil Gwinn said. "Wilde Lake guarded Christina (Flowers) tightly. That and her injury slowed our offense. She usually places the ball wide for us."
Wilde Lake scored in the 23rd minute of the first half. Renny Trellis kicked a 40-yard shot that bounced by Rolf, who momentarily lost her balance on the play.
Wilde Lake outshot Glenelg, 29-1, in the first half, but led just 1-0.
Rolf made two more excellent saves in the 10th and 11th minutes of the second half -- one off a hard shot by Renita Young from close range.
Lindsay Waxler and Young both missed from 10 yards in the 33rd and 34th minutes of the second half.
But Waxler finally scored from 10 yards in the 36th minute off an assist from Riismandel. The hard shot was over Rolf's head in the center of the net.
Wilde Lake added a final goal in the last minute on a penalty kick by Jen Anderson -- a grounder that bounced off the goalie.
"You've got to give Glenelg credit," Wilson said. "We took it to them in the first 40 minutes but they hustled and never gave up. Wecontrolled the ball and didn't give them much chance to shoot."
Wilde Lake improved its record to 10-3 overall.