Coach Mike Parker said that reserve forward Melanie Caleb has been sort of a good luck charm for his Loch Raven girls soccer team this year.
Caleb and the Raiders relied more on offense than luck in their 4-2 win over No. 8-ranked Hereford in the Class 2A North regional championship yesterday.
Caleb, who scored Loch Raven's last two goals, seemed to spark the team when she got into the game.
"It's kind of been something we've joked about all year," Parker said. "Caleb comes off the bench, and in like six games [this season] we've always seemed to score a goal 30 or 40 seconds later."
Caleb was just thrilled to be in the game. She didn't get to play against Hereford (13-2-2) in the Baltimore County championship that the Bulls won in overtime, 2-1.
"I always ride the bench, and the last time we played them, I didn't even get to play," Caleb said. "I'm so excited and speechless right now."
The Raiders scored four goals on a defense that hadn't allowed more than three in five years.
Loch Raven (14-4-1) scored its first goal four minutes into the game. Ashley Sudbrook passed to Gina Ruocco in the right corner. Ruocco crossed the ball and found the cutting Sudbrook on the left post, where she headed the ball in for the 1-0 lead.
Hereford's Alli McKee tied the game eight minutes later off a pass from Jen Cox before the Raiders scored three straight goals.
Ruocco again sent a pass from the right corner, but this time it went off the left foot of Christine Hild into the goal with 17: 42 left in the first half. Caleb scored her first goal 7: 45 into the second half off a pass from Hild.
No. 11 Parkville 3, Dulaney 2: Kristen Habicht and Emily and Stacey Anastasia scored to lead the visiting Knights (11-2-1) past the Lions in the 4A North regional final, their first regional title.
North Harford 2, Queen Anne's 0: Monica Joines and Sarah Rosseau scored to lead the visiting Hawks (11-3-1) to the 2A East regional championship.