Lucas Dowiak put Thomas Johnson's boys' soccer team on track to accomplish goal number three in its four-point master plan yesterday.
Dowiak, a senior midfielder, scored on a 25-yard free kick in the 14th minute, and his teammates held off host Arundel to win, 1-0, in the second half of a Maryland 4A East Region quarterfinal doubleheader in Gambrills yesterday. In the earlier game, fourth-seeded Old Mill defeated fifth-seeded Chesapeake, 2-0.
Old Mill will travel to Frederick to play top-seeded Thomas Johnson, which advanced to the state semifinals last year before losing to state champion Magruder, on Monday at 6 p.m.
"We had four goals to start the season, and we've already got two -- we won our conference and got the number one seed," said Dowiak, who has eight goals and 10 assists this year. "Next we want to win regionals and states."
Thomas Johnson (15-0-1) focused its defensive efforts on stopping Arundel's two speedy forwards, senior James Agorsor, who had two goals in the Wildcats' first-round game against Glen Burnie, and junior Justin Thompson.
"We were so concerned with those guys, we didn't push up enough," Thomas Johnson Coach Mitch Rubin said. "But this is the playoffs, and you are always happy with a win."
Arundel finished its season 9-7.
In the first game, ninth-seeded Chesapeake (8-6) had a chance to take a lead early in the second half when Old Mill was called for a hand ball inside the penalty area. But the Cougars didn't convert the penalty kick.
Old Mill (12-2-2) earned a penalty kick in the 52nd minute, and senior midfielder Wijy Jones drilled the kick into the upper right-hand corner of the goal, leaving the goalkeeper with no chance for a save and the Patriots with a 1-0 lead.
"I was aiming right, but I didn't mean for it to go [into the upper corner] -- I'm not that good," said Jones, who has seven goals and six assists this season.
Old Mill junior Daniel Bulls bent a 30-yard free kick into the goal with four minutes left in the game. The score gave Bulls a team-high 10 goals this season.