Sophomore left midfielder April Lockley scored two goals, including the game-winner with 17 minutes 30 seconds remaining, lifting Leonardtown past McDonough, 3-2, in a Maryland 3A South girls soccer regional semifinal contest last night.
The Raiders, who are the defending 3A state champions, advance to the regional final Tuesday night against the winner of tonight's Thomas Stone-Westlake game.
McDonough completed its best season in school history, finishing 12-5 overall.
"[Lockley] stepped it up big time tonight," Leonardtown Coach Jennifer Henderson said. "She is so explosive."
The only other player as explosive as Lockley last night was junior striker Julia Lufriu, who scored her 37th goal of the season 17 minutes into the contest to give McDonough an early 1-0 lead.
Lockley though scored her first goal with six minutes remaining, bending a ball around the Rams' wall into the upper left corner of the net to tie the score at 1.
In the second half, McDonough's Tina Hatch and Leonardtown's Sandy Debevoise traded goals before Lockley struck again.
Pulupa Takes Regional
Walter Johnson junior Diana Pulupa had already qualified for the state tennis championships Wednesday by making it to the final of the Maryland District II Region tournament. So the top-seeded Pulupa used pride as a motivation yesterday and captured the regional title with a 6-3, 6-1, win over Magruder's Ronnie Brown.
"I wanted to keep her [Brown] moving because she hits so well on both sides," said Palupa, who improved to 19-0, including two wins over Brown, including a 6-1, 6-1 victory in the final of the Montgomery County singles tournament two weeks ago. "I knew I had to try and stay on the offensive."
Pulupa struggled early as Brown hit short angle shots to keep the first set close. But Pulupa eventually settled down, breaking Brown's serve in the fifth game to go ahead, 3-2. She won the next three out of the next four games to win the set.
Pulupa hit 13 winners, five service winners and two aces in the match.
"I knew I couldn't get into a rallying match with her [Palupa] because she has too powerful shots," said Brown, 14, who also qualifies for the state championship with a 17-3 record. Her only losses this season have been to Pulupa. "In the second set, I rushed too many shots and went for the lines to much."
Stafford Wins Northwest
Junior forward Lori Watts scored her second goal of the game in overtime to lift Stafford to a 2-1 win over North Stafford in the Northwest Region field hockey championship game at North Stafford.
Stafford (14-3) won the region championshp for the third consecutive year. It will face Northern Region runner-up and second-ranked Centreville on Thursday in the first round of the Virginian AAA state tournament at Oakton High School.
North Stafford will face Northern Region champion West Potomac on Thursday in the first round, also at Oakton. The winner of each game will play each other in the state semifinals Friday night at 7 p.m. . . .
Kate Story scored her first varsity goal to give visiting Mount Hebron a 1-0 victory over Hammond in a Maryland 2A South field hockey final. The win gave the Vikings' third straight region championship.
Mount Hebron (10-5-2) advances to the 2A state semifinal Monday against co-1A state champion Hereford from Baltimore County. The game will be played Monday at 12:30 p.m. at Goucher College. . . . No. 1 Bethesda-Chevy Chase advanced to the 2A state semifinal with a 4-1 victory over host Francis Scott Key. The Barons (16-1) have won 12 straight games and are going for a sixth consecutive state title and their eighth of the decade. . . .
Rachel Mesa scored in the first half to give No. 8 Quince Orchard a 1-0 victory over host Churchill yesterday in the 4A West Region final. Quince Orchard (13-2-1) advances to Wednesday's 4A state semifinal against No. 3 Severna Park, the defending state champion. The Cougars also made the final four last year and lost to Magruder in triple overtime in the state semifinal.