BURTONSVILLE -- South Carroll's Class 3A West Region 2-0 victory over host Paint Branch (5-7-1) marked the Cavaliers' second-straight playoff win over a team from soccer-strong Montgomery County.
The No. 7 Cavaliers (13-0-1), who handed Bethesda-Chevy Chase a 4-2 loss last week, extended their unbeaten streak to 19, dating back to last season.
The Cavaliers goals, one in each half, were scored by senior midfielder Emmanuel Smyrnioudis and senior forward Jermey Wingate, whose team-leading ninth goal came with 16:45 left in the game to put South Carroll ahead 2-0.
Senior goalie Jason Petroski (two saves) combined with junior keeper Andrew Kelly (five saves) and a strong Cavalier defense to hold Paint Branch scoring threat Hugo Marchado in check.
"We played about 10 minutes of our game and the rest I don't know where we picked up from," South Carroll coach Charlie Fazenbaker said."We didn't control the ball. We didn't move the ball like we can. We could have easily have lost."
Paint Branch senior goalie Skip Purich (10 saves) kept the Golden Panthers close in the first half by recording six saves on nine South Carroll shots on goal.
Purich's only failure was the result of an opportune bounce for the Cavaliers as junior midfielder Christopher Woodward's shot was deflected by Purich to the awaiting Smyrnioudis, who tapped the ball past Purich with 35:15 left in the half.
"That's where our pressure paid off," Fazenbaker said.
Thirty seconds earlier, Petroski made a diving save on a hard shot by Machado to spark life into the Cavaliers.
* Westminster 1, Thomas Wootton 0, 2OT: Jimmy Silfee scored with three minutes left in the second overtime to give visiting Westminster (11-2-1) a victory over Thomas Wootton (7-6) in a 4A West Region game.
Brian Tozer made a sliding kick to Silfee, who slid the goal into the net.
Visiting Hereford (9-4) outshot No. 3 Loch Raven 8-7 in a double-shootout victory in a 1A-2A North Region game.
The teams were tied at 6 after the first shootout. Jen Jones scored the go-ahead goal in the second shootout.
The Raiders (12-2), who were the defending 1A-2A champions, have lost only three games in two years.