Hereford coach Steve Power smiled when asked about shootouts.
"So far this postseason, I love them," said Power.
Hereford, which upset No. 3 Loch Raven last week in a shootout, scored a victory the same way yesterday when Kate MacFarlane scored in the first round of sudden-death for a 2-1 shootout victory over host Catonsville in a Class 1A-2A North Region semifinal.
Hereford (10-4) advances to the region final against Towson at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Catonsville.
The Bulls and Catonsville were tied at 1 at the end of two overtimes and deadlocked at 6 after an 11-player shootout. Next came the sudden-death shootout.
Jamie Funk started it for Catonsville (9-4) with a shot that went wide left. MacFarlane, the Hereford goalie, then won it with a low shot inside the right post.
"I was just aiming for the right side," said MacFarlane, who also opened the 11-player shootout with a goal. "After I hit it, I knew it was going in."
Power just shook his head in wonder at how cool MacFarlane was under pressure. She made several key saves during the Loch Raven shootout and did more of the same yesterday.
"With Kate in goal, you have a tremendous advantage," said Power. "Plus, she's ice-cool on her shots [in the shootout]. She goes first, and she never misses."
MacFarlane kept making Catonsville miss. The sophomore goalie made 14 saves, six in the overtime, as Catonsville put a lot of pressure on the Bulls.
Meghann Mohler of Catonsville had three good shots during the two 10-minute overtimes. Mohler's best chance came with 3:10 left in the second overtime as she took a perfect centering pass from Kristina Lanman, but MacFarlane made the save.
The teams traded goals in the first half. Sarah Giardina put in the rebound of a Lanman shot 26:37 into the game for a 1-0 Catonsville lead. Hereford tied it 1:47 later when Alicia Malkowski took a perfect cross from Laura Gauger and scored from the box.
Catonsville coach Rick Pizarro said his team, especially goalie Kerri Haynes, played well. The Comets outshot Hereford, 20-13, but they could not finish.
"We're not as good as they are, [but] my team is a gutty team," said Pizarro. "We fought them for it."
* Dulaney 14, Woodlawn 0: Mike Mainquist had a hat trick and added three assists as Dulaney (9-4) shut out Woodlawn in Class 4A North semifinal action. Booth Farwell scored three goals and had an assist, and Darren Seibert had two goals and an assist.