Watkins Mill senior midfielder Erick Perez-Segnini knew his team's state championship hopes couldn't withstand many more fruitless scoring chances. So when he saw the ball bouncing toward him and an opening in the goal, he seized the opportunity and extended the Wolverines' season.
In the 75th minute, Perez-Segnini one-timed a bouncing ball from 15 yards and sent it screaming low into the goal, giving the Wolverines a 1-0 victory over Churchill last night in the semifinals of the Maryland 4A West Region boys' soccer tournament.
"I saw the left corner was open, and I just hammered it in," Perez-Segnini said. "I knew I'd get at least one chance this game, so I tried to do well with it."
Watkins Mill (15-1) will have a chance to avenge its only loss of the season when it plays Magruder in the region tournament final. Magruder advanced by beating Quince Orchard, 3-0, in the other semifinal. Both the boys' and girls' 4A West championship games will be played on Tuesday at Churchill as part of a doubleheader that begins at 5 p.m. with the girls' championship.
The Wolverines controlled the run of play for most of the game, but Churchill (10-4-2) managed to stave off numerous scoring chances and keep the game scoreless into the final minutes.
In Magruder's semifinal victory earlier in the evening, sophomore Alex Lee and senior Scott Phinith each scored a goal and had an assist. The Colonels (13-4) advanced to the region tournament final for the first time since their state championship season in 2001. Quince Orchard finished 6-6-3. . . .
Broadneck junior Alex Fernandez and sophomore Dylan Reddersen each scored to lead their boys' soccer team to a 2-0 victory over Leonardtown in a Maryland 4A East Region semifinal last night in Arnold. Broadneck will play Arundel, which beat Old Mill, 2-0.
River Hill in Final
River Hill Coach Brian Song made a simple prediction for his girls' soccer team before its Maryland 3A East Region semifinal against No. 6 Centennial yesterday in Ellicott City.
"I told them that this game was going to be a one-goal game," he said. "So if we go up early, we're going to win."
The Hawks made Song's prediction come true, as junior midfielder Sara Tankard scored the game's only goal in the 15th minute to lift her team to a 1-0 victory against the Eagles, who were state finalists last year.
"I saw a loose ball and ran right through it, and it was just me and the goalie and I put it in," Tankard said. "I think it set the tempo for the game."
River Hill (14-2) advanced to Tuesday's region final and will play either North Harford or second-ranked Severna Park. Centennial finished 13-2-1. . . .
Fourth-seeded Broadneck (11-4), bolstered by second-half goals from seniors Mandi Schmidt and Ali Flury, advanced the 4A East Region final with a 2-0 win at Leonardtown (14-1).
Good Counsel Wins Crown
Good Counsel defeated visiting St. John's, 2-1, to win the WCAC field hockey tournament for the second straight season.
Maryann Kuzma scored the game-winning goal on a breakaway with 1 minute 36 seconds remaining. Victoria Chapa, the team's lone senior starter, scored the Falcons' other goal.
Josiah to Georgia Tech
Thomas Johnson's Nia Josiah unofficially committed to play women's basketball at Georgia Tech, Patriots Coach Amy Schmuck said. Josiah, a 6-foot guard, will sign a letter-of-intent during the NCAA's early signing period, which begins Wednesday.