Senior Jacquie King scored midway through the second half on a pass from Leah Arthur to lead Springbrook to a 1-0 victory over C.M. Wright last night in a Maryland 4A state semifinal at South River High in Edgewater.
Springbrook (14-2), the 2003 state champion, will play last year's champion, South River, for the 4A title at 7 p.m. Monday at the University of Maryland.
Following two penalty corners early in the second half, Springbrook finally broke through in the third. King passed the ball to Lauren Kessler, who crossed the ball left to Arthur. Arthur then fired a shot at the weak side of the cage, where King was waiting to poke in her first goal of the postseason.
After erasing a 3-0 deficit against Whitman in the region semifinals and surviving overtime against Magruder in the final, Springbrook controlled the game from the outset against C.M. Wright (13-3-1), which posed little threat to score until late in the second half.
"I knew that something was going to break for us," King said. "Even if the beginning of the game isn't as good as we want it to be, we always spring something. It's unbelievable."
In last night's early game at South River, Patuxent goalie Whitney Thomas stopped four penalty strokes and Tasha Klares scored the winner as the Panthers defeated Hereford, 1-0, in a 2A semifinal.
In knocking off defending state champion Hereford (10-4-2), Patuxent (14-2) advanced to play in its first-ever championship game, at 5 p.m. Monday against Parkside at the University of Maryland.
Patuxent, which needed penalty strokes to knock off Glenelg in the region final, needed only two strokes because Thomas stopped all but one of Hereford's five attempts. The Panthers got them from senior Mary Strain, their first shooter, and Klares, the third shooter.
In a 3A semifinal at Howard High in Columbia, Northern (15-2) rarely got the ball past the midfield line and fell, 1-0, to Fallston (15-4), which will play Severna Park in the championship at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the University of Maryland.
Special correspondent Dave Yanovitz contributed to this report.