If Dulaney and Westminster had their way, they would still be playing their Class 4A East regional semifinal game.
But reserve goalie Emily Chamelin, a sophomore, seized control of yesterday's game by turning away all five Dulaney penalty strokes, and junior forward Laura Yingling converted a penalty stroke to give the 12th-ranked Owls a 1-0 victory at home.
Westminster (10-2-1) advanced to the regional final against Harford County's C. Milton Wright, which shut out Parkville, 3-0, yesterday. The time is still being worked out.
Chamelin made three saves in 60 minutes of regulation and two 10-minute overtime periods.
Chamelin has played in only four games this season, but Westminster coach Brenda Baker said she decided to insert Chamelin instead of senior JoAnnah Jennings.
"I went with whoever was doing well in practice," Baker said. "I felt that she was in the game the entire time even though she didn't see a lot of action."
Chamelin didn't face much pressure in the first half, which the Owls dominated. During one 13-minute span, Dulaney was unable to get the ball past midfield.
Westminster was awarded seven penalty corners in the first half, but Lions junior goalie Erin Jordan (seven saves) and a defensive unit anchored by senior back Arianna Leo and junior midfielder Heather Mosser kept the ball out of harm's way.
The Owls' best chance came with four minutes left, when senior defender Lauren Reese, alone 5 yards in front of Jordan, shot wide-left.
Dulaney, which dropped to 8-4-3, responded with consecutive shots by junior forward Lindsey White and senior forward Katie Babcock three minutes into the second half. But the Lions failed to convert four penalty corner opportunities.
Neither team threatened in the two 10-minute overtime periods, and the game extended into the penalty-stroke period.
Westminster junior defender Nikki Waltz and Dulaney senior forward Laurie Twardzik opened the period with wide-left shots.
Yingling rifled the Owls' second attempt into the bottom, right-hand corner for a 1-0 edge.
Chamelin gloved Lions sophomore midfielder Allie Benson's attempt, and Jordan did the same to junior forward Lindsay Bream.
Dulaney junior midfielder Sarah Creighton's shot was disallowed after she stepped past the ball before shooting, and Jordan made a stick save on Westminster sophomore midfielder Jenni Utz.
After both goalies made left-pad saves on the next two shots, Chamelin sealed the Owls' win with a stick save on White.
Lions coach Jolene Zeigenfuse sighed when asked to describe the penalty-stroke period.
"It's a tough way to lose a game," she said. "It was a pretty evenly played game during regulation time. It's just so tough mentally."
North Carroll 1, South Carroll 0: The eighth-ranked Panthers (11-3) beat South Carroll for the third time this season and will face Long Reach today.