Chesapeake wins, 3-0, to return to region final

November 06, 1994|By Rich Scherr | Rich Scherr,Special to The Sun

It didn't take long for 15th-ranked Chesapeake to establish its superiority last night in the Class 3A-4A East Region semifinals.

Two minutes, 40 seconds, to be exact.

That's how long it took the Cougars' Melissa Wagner to score the first of her three goals en route to her team's 3-0 victory over Meade.

The win moves Chesapeake (10-4-1) into Tuesday's 5 p.m. regional final against No. 12 Old Mill, a 3-1 winner over Glen Burnie in last night's other semifinal.

The Cougars will be vying for the right to play in the state semifinals for the second straight year and third in the past four. The previous two trips both resulted in losses to Dulaney, including last year's 1-0 decision to the eventual state champions.

But with Dulaney out of the picture -- victims of a 4-1 upset by Perry Hall on Friday -- some players feel that the third time could be the charm.

"I hope it will be," said Wagner, a second-team All-Metro forward last season, whose back-to-back goals shortly after halftime sealed the win. "We came out [in the second half] and we just knew what we had to do.

"We knew we had to get the ball into their end. When we do that, good things happen."

And good things happened for Chesapeake throughout the game.

"We did what we needed to do," said coach Lin Sullivan, whose team outshot the Mustangs, 24-6, but didn't take control of the game until early in the second half. "I think it was a question of taking our time and slowing things down."

Wagner gave Chesapeake its early 1-0 lead, getting credit for the goal when Chesapeake's shot hit off a defender and rolled into the net. She then put the game out of reach about five minutes into the second half, scoring two goals in a span of 2:25 to make the score 3-0.

"Tonight they gave it their all -- 110 percent," said Meade coach Jon Putt, whose team (3-11-1) was coming off a 10-0 win over Southern of Baltimore. "Sometimes that's not good enough."

Tuesday, the Cougars will face Old Mill, which beat Chesapeake 3-0 in the regular season.

Said Wagner: "I think this is the year we can win it."

Sullivan credited his defense with a strong performance, and if his team is to beat the Patriots, it will have to come out strong again.

Sullivan said the Cougars can't rely on its playoff experience.

"It doesn't matter who you play at this point," he said. "Every team from here on out is a good team. They're all scary."

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