For the second straight year, Winters Mill's field hockey team upset favored Century in the regional semifinals - this time with 26 seconds left.
Freshmen Kelly Spieker and Kara Zawacki connected on a penalty corner to lift the visiting Falcons to a 2-1 victory over No. 7 Century, the Carroll County champion. The victory was the ninth straight for the Falcons (11-3), who will play for the regional title tomorrow at South Carroll at 3 p.m.
"We didn't want to go to overtime," said Spieker, whose game-winner was her 18th goal of the year. "It happened so fast. ... It was a real quick assist from the side, and I just tapped it in."
Century (12-2), which beat the Falcons, 3-2, during the regular season, rallied to tie, 1-1, on Lindsey Gurkovich's goal with 6:35 left in the first half. Four minutes earlier, Zawacki had given Winters Mill a 1-0 lead.
Other than the final 10 minutes of the first half, the Knights showed little spark. That, combined with a strong Winters Mill defense, led by Taylor Vandegryft and Felicia Knill, and the Falcons' greater time of possession held Century without a second-half shot.
"We were flat. They had opportunity after opportunity. We were giving it to them," said Knights coach Gayle Taylor, who told her team she will not return as head coach next season.
No. 2 Fallston 2, Towson 0 -- Gabby Antinozzi scored twice to power the host Cougars (15-1) past the Generals in a Class 3A North semifinal.
No. 3 Garrison Forest 8, Notre Dame Prep 0 -- Melissa Pazornik and Alex Goldstein each scored twice to power the host Grizzlies (17-2) past the Pirates (1-16) in the IAAM tournament quarterfinals.
No. 4 Bryn Mawr 1, Roland Park CS 0 -- Allie Emala scored the game-winner 31 seconds into the first overtime as the host Mawrtians (15-3-1) beat the Reds (6-11) in the quarterfinals of the IAAM tournament.
No. 5 South River 2, No. 13 Arundel 0 -- Melissa Bierly and Kellie Dress each scored as the Seahawks (14-3) beat the Wildcats (12-4) in a Class 4A East semifinal.
No. 6 Broadneck 2, Chesapeake-AA 0 -- Brittany Colleran and Chelsea Thompson scored to power the visiting Bruins (12-1-1) past the Cougars (9-7) in a Class 4A East semifinal.
Spalding 2, St. Paul's 1 -- Christy Konrad and Rachel Hannon scored twice during the triple-overtime shootout to lift the visiting Cavaliers (10-7-1) over the Gators (9-7) in the quarterfinals of the IAAM tournament.
St. Mary's 1, Severn 0 -- Bridget Hirsch scored the third goal during the triple-overtime shootout to lift the visiting Saints (7-10-1) over the Admirals (9-6-2) in the quarterfinals of the IAAM tournament.
River Hill 1, Centennial 0 -- Joanne Reid scored the game-winner in the first half as the visiting Hawks (11-4) beat the Eagles (12-2).
South Carroll 3, Middletown 1 -- Erin Krebs scored two goals and Katie DeFilipo had two assists as the Cavaliers (10-2-2) avenged last year's semifinal loss and dethroned the defending 2A West region champ.