Usually, in soccer, the team that controls the midfield controls the game. But in the Maryland Class A Region II final yesterday, Laurel was dominated for two halves by Sherwood and outshot, 19-9, but still managed a 2-0 win.

Although visiting Sherwood (9-3-1) continually was within scoring range, it was unable to beat goalkeeper Robbie Mamula, who finished with 14 saves. Mamula made several diving saves, including two nice stops on shots by Brian Bichy.

"He {Mamula} just takes care of all the air," said Bichy. "We couldn't get much lower on him. That's how you have to beat him, getting the shot lower to the ground."

Said Sherwood Coach Don Gable: "Mamula kept them in the ball game, whereas other teams would not have gotten those balls."

This was only the second meeting between the schools. It was very similar to the first game, when Sherwood dominated, but lost, 3-1.

Laurel (12-1-1) got the only goal it needed at 16:00 as Heath Bartlett knocked in a rebound past Sherwood goalie Jeff Kuntz. Ernie Scruggs' shot from six yards out bounced off Kuntz's hands and Bartlett was in position to push the ball through.

"You don't get a lot of chances against Sherwood," said Scruggs. "So you've got to make good on the chances you get."

Scruggs made it 2-0 at 41:50. He passed the ball to Gil Lopez, who flipped it back past two defenders. Scruggs converted from 10 yards.

The goal gave Scruggs a bit of redemption, since he missed a penalty kick with less than four minutes remaining in the regional semifinals last year against Kennedy, which went on to win, 1-0, in overtime.

"I've been thinking about the loss to Kennedy all year," said Scruggs. "It is something that has really driven us. This game was really important to our team. We've been working toward it for a long time."

Maryland AA Region II: B-CC (12-1-1) got goals from Richard Morgan and Jose Castedo and goalie Matt Harrell had 13 saves as the Barons defeated Kennedy, 2-0, at Whitman. Kennedy ended the season 9-3-2.