Dulaney did all of its damage in the first two minutes of each half and held on to defeat a rallying Towson team, 2-1, yesterday to reclaim the Baltimore County girls soccer championship.
The Lions (12-0, 10-1) scored 1 minute and 49 seconds into the contest when senior midfielder Megan Truxel fielded a hooking pass from Aimee Vaughan and delicately directed it into the right corner of the net.
Eighty seconds into the second half, Dulaney found its target again. Freshman forward Ali Schuch put the Lions ahead 2-0 when she followed up a shot by Julie Green that escaped the grasp of Towson goalie Sarah Weaver (19 saves).
"Coincidence, luck, whatever you want to call it. It was purely coincidental," said Dulaney coach Kathy Schmidt about the early scores. "There was no particular plan to it. You never know when that's going to happen."
Towson (8-3-2) nearly tied the score 29 minutes into the first half. Nicole Walker appeared to have a goal when Dulaney keeper Kate Szper (10 saves) slipped on the wet grass, but Walker's shot tailed left, and the Generals trailed at the half, 1-0.
Towson, playing without starting center-midfielder Erica Hurt, who was injured in last Monday's game against McDonogh, scored with 7:25 to go on an unassisted goal by Lindsay Buchanan.
With Buchanan's goal came the re-entry of Vaughan, who left the game with 16:38 remaining after being hit in the face with the ball at point-blank range.
"With a two-goal lead I was going to keep her out of the game, not knowing the extent of her injury," said Schmidt, whose team will play host to Perry Hall tomorrow in the first round of the Class 4A, Region I playoffs.
"I felt a little more secure with her in there when it was only a one-goal difference," Schmidt said.
"If nothing else, she is an impressive force and an intimidator on the field. It just gave the other team something else to worry about."
Towson coach Susan Beeler was aware of Vaughan's presence and wasn't surprised when she checked into the game in its waning minutes.
"When Aimee came back into the game, they picked right up again," Beeler said. "They are an outstanding team, and Aimee Vaughan makes them outstanding.
"I thought we played a good game," Beeler said, "but the first five minutes of each half we were dead.
"Dulaney was very aggressive, and they had every ball," she said.
"We just kind of said, 'Here you are.' "