With its offense generating plenty of shots but no goals, the Severna Park field hockey team turned to its leading scorer in yesterday's state Class 4A semifinal at Goucher College.
Senior Jen Stone got her 16th goal off a crossing pass from senior Diane Parisi with 5 minutes, 48 seconds remaining to lift the top-seeded Falcons past fourth-seeded Old Mill, 1-0.
Severna Park (15-0), winner of five state championships, meets second-seeded Westminster in Saturday's 2 p.m. final at Goucher College. Westminster defeated Magruder in yesterday's other Class 4A semifinal, 1-0.
Old Mill (8-6-1) was outshot, 22-3, but got an outstanding game from senior goalkeeper Kim Greenlee, who had nine saves.
"You never know when a person like Jen is going to pop that ball right into the goal," said Severna Park coach Lil Shelton, whose team defeated Westminster in last year's state semifinals, 1-0, before losing to Bethesda-Chevy Chase in the finals.
"We created a lot of opportunities to score," Shelton said. "It's just a matter of getting the stick on the ball when it's coming across the goal. In this case, Jen was right there with her touch."
In the other semifinal, second-seeded and third-ranked Westminster (12-1) got a first-half goal from Aurora Brown to defeat Magruder (8-6-1).
Magruder, a co-champ in Class 3A last year, had only five shots against the Owls defense. Westminster dominated with 12 corners and nine shots.
Top-seeded Bethesda-Chevy Chase, last year's Class 4A champ, needed a late goal from Lindsey Hauk to edge C. Milton Wright, 1-0.
Hauk lunged to score on a ball shot wide by Betsy Allen. When Wright goalie Sarah Sloop committed to Allen's shot from the left, Hauk slipped the ball behind her from the right.
Sloop had frustrated the Barons (15-0) early with her aggressive style. She constantly came far out of the cage to challenge the Barons offense, forcing them to shoot the ball wide. Sloop, who led the Mustangs over co-No. 4 Bel Air and No. 7 Fallston in the past two weeks, had 10 saves against the Barons.
Although the ninth-ranked Mustangs (11-3) had a couple of good chances to score, the Barons, who haven't allowed a goal all season, dominated much of the game. The Barons outshot Wright, 18-4.
In the other semifinal, third-seeded and co-No. 4 South Carroll (15-1) upset co-defending champ Calvert, 1-0.
Audrey van Norman scored the game winner with nine minutes left on an assist from Traci Dido. But the Cavaliers needed a late defensive stand to hold off Calvert (9-2-1).
South Carroll goalie Brandy Miller had four saves, including one in the waning minutes.
Christine Torres and Leslie Audelotte each scored a goal, as Pocomoke (14-1) beat Francis Scott Key (7-8), 2-0. Key had a chance to tie the game on Joy Shandrowski's second-half penalty stroke, but Pocomoke goalie Stephanie Selk made a great save on the shot.
Top-seeded Pocomoke will meet defending champion and second-seeded Easton (15-1) in the title game. Stephanie White scored on a feed from Carrie Manuel in the first half to lead Easton over Rising Sun (8-3-1), 1-0.