Towson coach Randy Dase said yesterday's game against Catonsville scared him.
But it was Dase's sixth-ranked Generals that did all the scaring yesterday.
Top-seeded Towson scored the first six goals en route to a 13-5 victory over the visiting and second-seeded Comets in a Class 1A-2A South regional final.
Towson (12-0) advances to Saturday's state semifinals where it will play an opponent to be determined.
"I'd been dreading this day for a month," said Dase, whose Generals were tied with the Comets at halftime of their April 22 game before scoring five unanswered goals in the second half.
"I knew we were going to have to play Catonsville again, and I was petrified."
This time, Towson gave Dase little reason for concern.
The Generals came out firing, out-shooting the Comets, 10-1, in the first quarter and building a 3-0 lead.
The barrage continued in the opening minutes of the second quarter, as three more goals gave Towson a 6-0 lead with 4:45 left in the first half.
"The difference this time was our coach," said senior midfielder Spencer Ford, who scored three of the first six goals.
"He yelled at us in practice and didn't let us forget about last time."
Catonsville (8-3) made a run toward the end of the second quarter, scoring three goals (two by attackman Kevin Gemmell) in a span of 1:54 to pull within 7-3 with 1:40 left in the half.
But the Generals scored six of the game's final eight goals to pull away.
"We came out strong and scored some quick ones, but then we let down a little," said Ford. "At the end, we put a few [goals] away to seal the victory."
Ford finished with a game-high five goals and an assist. Junior midfielder Ned Boyd had three goals and two assists.
"[Towson] got a couple of crucial ground balls early that turned into easy goals," said Catonsville coach Warren Como. "It's tough to play catch-up against a team like Towson."
Both team's goalies played well. Catonsville senior John Rehmert stopped 17 shots, and Towson junior Mark Tamberino made 13 saves.
"You have to give a lot of credit to our goalkeeper," said Dase. "Tamberino is the hidden secret to our success."
Towson has won the past two 1A-2A state titles. "We want to three-peat," Ford said.