ELDERSBURG -- Renita Young scored the winning goal with less than 2 minutes to play to give Wilde Lake a come-from-behind, 3-2 victory over Loch Raven in the Class 2A-1A girls soccer state semifinals last night at Liberty High.
The win sends the Wildecats into an all-Howard County championship game against Hammond, which defeated North Carroll, 6-0, in the opener. The state title game is at 4 p.m. next Saturday at Arundel High.
The goal was the second of the game for Young, who had knotted the score early in the second half.
Top-seeded Loch Raven (15-1) had stunned the fourth-seeded Wildecats (11-3-0) by scoring two goals in the first four minutes of the game. Robyn Harry opened the scoring two minutes into the game on an assist from Mary Edwards, then the two reversed roles two minutes later for the second goal.
"We were comatose the first two minutes," said Wilde Lake coach Rick Wilson. "The first half, they beat us to the ball, plain and simple."
But Wilde Lake's offense came to life just two minutes after the second -- and last -- Loch Raven score. Nikki Krupp fired a shot that Raiders goalie Sarilee Seeger knocked away. But Krupp followed up with another shot that Seeger again slowed, but this time it trickled past the goalie and to the Wildecats' Stephanie Sarkis, who drove it home to make the score 2-1.
Young headed in the ball off a corner kick by Krupp early in the second half to tie the score, then put away the unassisted goal for the game-winner just as many of the frozen fans were resigned to overtime.
Wilde Lake clearly dominated after the first several minutes, outshooting the Raiders, 17-7, on the night.
In the opener, second-seeded Hammond scored four second-half goals to deal third-seeded North Carroll a 6-0 defeat.
"I just felt we had to be more aggressive," Hammond coach Dave Guetler said of his team's second-half surge.
Though the Bears displayed superior skills, North Carroll used aggressive play to keep it close at 2-0. Kacy Williams scored the first of her three goals more than 13 minutes into the game when she drew out Panthers goalkeeper Jenni Heindel and fired a shot to Heindel's left.
North Carroll (9-4-2) had its best scoring opportunity of the game just a few minutes later when Hammond goalkeeper Amy Nestor dropped the ball. Ashlee Douglass, North Carroll's leading scorer on the year, was waiting but could not put the ball in the net.