Liberty boys soccer coach Lee Kestler and North Carroll girls soccercoach Phil Myers have a few things in common this week.
Both haveteams playing in the state tournament for the first time.
Both teams are seeded third in the tournament. And both know verylittle about their opponent.
So what is the formula to continue winning?
"We need to do the things that got us here," Kestler said.
"Ball control, moving without the ball and finishing on restarts.The kids are responding well, and we have goals set that we're stillworking on."
Liberty reached the state semifinals with a 2-1 win over North Carroll in the Class 2A Region I finals Saturday. They will next face second-seeded Rockville, Montgomery County, in the state semifinals 5 p.m. Friday at Catonsville Community College in Baltimore County.
Myers will tell you the same thing as his Panthers prepare to take on second-seeded Hammond, Howard County, 5:30 p.m. Friday at Liberty High in Eldersburg.
The Panthers have experience playing against teams they are not familiar with after beating Towson, Baltimore County, in Friday's Class 1A/2A Region II finals.
"We know very little about Hammond. It's basically the same as playing Towson,"Myers said.
"We just have to go in with a positive attitude and do the things we've done all year long."
One thing the Panthers have been doing plenty of lately is shutting out opponents -- four straight with a total of eight on the year. Combine that with a steady scoring punch, and the Panthers may have the winning formula.
In other events this week:
* Westminster will be facing a familiar foe, but South Carroll will be looking at unfamiliar faces in the state field hockey finals at Goucher College Saturday.
Westminster (14-1) meets longtime rival Severna Park (15-0) in the Class 4A championship game at 2 p.m.
Severna Park has won five state titles, most recently in 1987 and 1988, while Westminster has won three, the last two in1984 and 1985. Severna Park ended Westminster's season in the state semifinals last year, something the Owls did to the Falcons several times when the two teams were in the same region in the mid-1980s.
"I think the fact that they beat us last year" will be the Owls' big motivation, Westminster co-coach Brenda Baker said.
The defensive key for the Owls will be stopping Jen Stone, who scored her 16th goalof the year in Monday's 1-0 victory over Old Mill in the semifinals.
Severna Park Coach Lil Shelton said her team will have to play better to win Saturday.
"It'll be a good game, won't it?" Shelton said.
In the Class 3A game, South Carroll (14-1) must find a way to harness the speed of Bethesda-Chevy Chase from Montgomery County, which fell to Class 3A this year after winning the 1990 Class 4A title.
BCC coach Bill Carroll said quickness is his team's forte, but said he was impressed with South Carroll's stick-handling after watchingmost of the first half of the Cavs semifinal victory over Calvert.
"I think that they are a really nice hockey team," Carroll said after his team defeated C. Milton Wright of Harford County, 1-0, in the other 3A semifinal.
(All times p.m. unless indicated)
* Junior varsity football: Westminster at South Carroll, 7:30
* Freshman football: Westminster at South Carroll, 5:30
* Freshman football: North Carroll at Liberty, 5:30
* Volleyball: Class 1A Region II semifinals, Francis Scott Key at Boonsboro, 7 p.m.; Western Maryland vs. Moravian in Middle AtlanticConference Championships, 7 p.m.
* Football: Francis Scott Key at Williamsport, 7:30; Liberty at North Carroll, 7:30; Westminster at South Carroll, 7:30
* Girls soccer: Class 1A/2A state semifinals, North Carroll vs. Hammond at Liberty, 5:30
* Boys soccer:Class 2A state semifinals, Liberty vs. Rockville at Catonsville Community College, 5 p.m.
* Volleyball: Possible regional final, TBA
* Cross country: State championships at Western Maryland College, 10 a.m.; MAC cross country championships at Rose Tree Parkin Media, Pa., TBA
* Field hockey: Class 4A final, Westminster vs. Severna Park, 11 a.m.; Class 3A final, South Carroll vs. Bethesda-Chevy Chase, 2, both at Goucher College
* Football: Western Maryland at Swarthmore, 1:30
* Volleyball: Western Maryland in Middle Atlantic Conference Championships, 1 p.m.