A pair of Baltimore-area teams took part in overtime thrillers in last night's Class 4A state semifinals at Severna Park, but the results were not as thrilling for both.
Perry Hall and Montgomery County's Wootton played to a 2-2 stalemate through two overtimes before the Gators fell, 10-9, in the second round of penalty kicks.
Later, host Severna Park and Bowie were deadlocked at 1-1 before the Falcons took the penalty-kick shootout, 5-0, for a 2-1 victory.
Severna Park (18-1-0) and Wootton (17-1-1) advanced to next Saturday's Class 4A state final at North County High in Linthicum.
For the Falcons, going for their fifth state title and first since tying for 1995's crown, it was a matter of practice making perfect.
"We've practiced penalty kicks from day one until now, and they paid off big time," said Severna Park first-year coach Chuck Seivert. "If we went to penalty kicks, I knew we'd win."
Meg Young, Rachel Jacobs, Kerry York, Allison Dooley and Morgan Montgomery connected in the shootout, and goalkeeper York thwarted all seven shooters she faced.
"Kerry really came out with some fantastic soccer tonight," said Seivert.
Said York: "Everybody just played phenomenal to the end. We were confident."
Trailing 1-0, Severna Park pulled even on Jen Cielewich's goal off a rebound with three seconds left in the half.
The Falcons barely missed a number of good scoring chances in the second half, with Holly Noga's shot off a corner by Meg Miller getting blocked away by goalie Kristen Songer.
Songer also deflected a shot in the second overtime by Lauren Mitchell, which rolled inches wide.
Wootton 3, No. 11 Perry Hall 2: In the other Class 4A semifinal, the Gators fell, 10-9, in a sudden-death shootout after an 8-8 tie through the first round of 11 shooters.
Courtney Outen scored on the Gators' first sudden-death penalty kick, and Wootton answered. But after Taylor Gauvin could not convert the next chance, the Patriots got the win.
Having led at halftime, the Gators (11-3-1) trailed 2-1 going into the final two minutes. Then Outen slammed a direct kick off the crossbar, and Robyn Scrivani headed in the rebound with 1: 10 left in regulation.
"Our girls fought back the whole way," said Perry Hall coach Brad Kressman. "It's a tough way to go out, but I'm extremely proud of the way my girls played."
Pub Date: 11/14/98