After 80 minutes of physical play yielded no goals for either side, last night's Prince George's 4A South Region girls final between Bowie and Laurel at High Point in Beltsville came down to sudden-death overtime.
But the extra session was somewhat anticlimactic, as Bowie asserted itself early and scored the game-winner on a shot by Megan Barnes less than three minutes into the first 10-minute overtime. Barnes collected a loose ball in the goal box and scored on a low, hard shot into an open net to give Bowie a 1-0 victory and its fifth straight regional title under Coach Gavin Casey.
"This one means more than the other four," Casey said, moments after he and his players posed--each holding up five fingers--for a team picture at midfield.
On Saturday at 7:30 p.m., Bowie will face Parkville of Baltimore in a state semifinal game at Severna Park. Parkville defeated Dulaney, 3-2, last night.
In the boys half of yesterday's doubleheader, Andre Plummer scored two goals and assisted on another to lead eighth-ranked Eleanor Roosevelt to a 4-0 victory over Oxon Hill to win its second consecutive 4A South Region title. On Friday at 7:30 p.m., Roosevelt (11-2-1) will play Dulaney, which defeated Perry Hall, 3-1, last night. That game will be at Arundel. Oxon Hill finished its season with a 6-8-1 record.
Bowie (9-3-1), which earlier in the season forfeited two games because of an ineligible player, was the better team in regulation last night, getting 21 shots to just six by Laurel. But Sandy Bass, Laurel's sophomore goalkeeper, kept her team in the game with several crucial saves in the second half. Bass, who replaced her sister Christine late in the first half after Christine suffered a leg injury, never had played a game in goal for Laurel.
However, a gamble by Bass led to the game-winning goal. Bass moved about 10 yards out of her goal to stop a shot by Laura Bryer. But Bass could not control the ball. It landed squarely on the foot of Barnes, who wasted no time burying it in the back of the net.
"Laura had an awesome first shot," said Barnes, who has been a member of four straight regional title teams at Bowie. "The goalie let go of the ball, and I was in the right spot at the right time."