Top-ranked Centennial (14-0) kept its perfect record intact and won the Region 4, Class 3A/4A girls soccer championship Friday with a 2-0victory over South Carroll (8-4-2) at Centennial.
The Eagles dominated the game offensively, outshooting South Carroll, 32-4.
South Carroll's freshman goalie, Kendra Pulis, kept the Cavaliersin the game by making 22 saves.
"Without her (Pulis) it would have been a blowout," Centennial sweeper and co-captain Becky Joeckel said. "We had some hard shots on goal that she stopped."
Centennial wasted little time getting the lead. Two minutes into the game, KellyButler scored from 8 yards out after a pass from Alison Lages.
"We were tight on that first goal, because this is the farthest a SouthCarroll team has ever gone," Cavalier coach Jim Horn said.
"But then, we just couldn't mount any offensive pressure. Centennial was the most skilled team we've played this season."
Centennial continued to pound away at South Carroll until Mary Ellen Carullo kicked in arebound off Pulis in the 35th minute. Carullo was a few feet away inthe center of the field when she retrieved a shot by Natalie Rich that slipped off the diving Pulis' fingers.
Centennial coach Rick Pizarro was pleased with his team's passing.
"Our ball distribution was definitely satisfying, but we need to finish better," he said.
Midfielder and co-captain Corina Riismandel was a key player in the middle for the Eagles as they attempted to work the wings.
"Our midfielders and forwards are really in sync now," she said.
"We're aclose-knit group that works well together."
Centennial advances to the state semifinal at Chesapeake High School in Anne Arunel Countynext Saturday.
Centennial defeated Laurel, 7-0, in the semifinals.
WILDE LAKE 2, MOUNT HEBRON 0
The Wildecats reached the state Class 1A/2A semifinals by knocking off a pesky and unheralded Mount Hebron squad, 2-0, and winning the Region 4 title Thursday.
On goals by Amy Fine and Lori Pasquantonio, Mount Hebron beat Middletown, 2-1, on Tuesday to set up the all-Howard final. Middletown was the region's top seed. The fourth-seeded Vikings had beaten Wilde Lake in the final regular-season game to earn a playoff spot.
Nat Froman scored 10 minutes into the game at Wilde Lake, kicking a shot over the keeper's head from 18 yards out.
Renita Young took a pass from Renny Trellis in the 15th minute, and Young beat the goalie one-on-one for a 2-0 Wilde Lake lead.
"Having the wind at our back helped us a lot in the first half," Wilde Lake Coach Rick Wilson said.
"We moved the ball well."
The Wildecats had advanced to the region final against Mount Hebron by beating Glenelg, 3-0.
Wilde Lake's second straight shutout improved its record to 11-3. Mount Hebron dropped to 7-7.
HAMMOND 3, OAKLAND MILLS 2
Third-ranked Hammond had to rally in the second half to win this Region 1, Class 1A/2A championship game, 3-2, on Thursday.
Oakland Mills first scored 19 minutes into the game when Tricia Witte took a pass down the left side and beat a fullback in front of the goal.
Hammond's Lauren Choate tied it, 1-1, ona 40-yard shot that bounced over Oakland Mills' goalie and into the net in the 33rd minute.
Eight minutes into the second half, Oakland Mills went up, 2-1, on Tameka West's one-on-one goal from the rightside.
Hammond's Elizabeth Bielefeld scored off a direct kick in the 11th minute of the second half making it a 2-2 game.
But in the23rd minute, a loose ball in front of the Oakland Mills net was accidentally kicked in by a Scorpion for the winning goal.
Hammond's Samantha Andersch officially was credited with the goal.
Hammond (13-1) reached the finals with a 12-0 win over Northeast of Anne Arundel. Oakland Mills made it by beating Patapsco of Baltimore County, 2-0.