The goal was four state championships in four years for a group of four-year varsity starters.
But top-ranked Glenelg’s season-long quest to bring home a last title for Dartmouth-bound midfielder Morgan Philie and top scorer Stephanie Asher ended with three minutes remaining in the second overtime of the 2A state semifinal in Annapolis.
Sami Bialozynski of Century tipped a pass from Mandi Trostle around Richmond recruit Amanda Hoyt to send the Knights to the state final with a 3-2 win.
“We had plenty of opportunities. They just capitalized when they needed to,” Philie said.
The Gladiators (15-3) have won the past three 2A state titles. They had not lost since early in the season to Marriotts Ridge — their first Howard County loss in six years. Asher scored her 100th career goal this season to become the second player in Howard County history to reach that mark.
“I refuse to feel bad for ourselves,” Coach Ginger Kincaid said. “We had an amazing run. Century came here, and they wanted their shot. They haven’t had their chance to be at the finals for a couple of years, and they came ready to play.”
Carroll County’s Century (14-4) last made it to the state final in 2010, losing to Glenelg by one goal.
The Knights were aggressive from the first whistle but ramped up their attack after having two goals called back in the last 10 minutes of the first half. The first was shot out of the circle, and the other appeared not to go in, Century Coach Terry Duryea said.
“They were upset about that,” Duryea said. “So we just kept going. We knew that we could score, so that gave us the momentum.”
Both teams were sliding — sometimes on Broadneck’s turf, sometimes into each other — as the second half opened with a goal from Trostle tipped in with 6 minutes 28 seconds gone. Asher’s 36th goal of the season tied the game with 16:24 left in regulation.
Both teams favored aerials to move the ball down the field, but the lifts became shorter and players began raising their sticks above waist level as fatigue set in.
“They’re trying to give everything they have, and then it tumbles into over-aggression,” Duryea said.
Century will play Hereford for the 2A state title at 4 p.m. Saturday at Washington College.
●PATTERSON MILL 6, SOUTHERN 2: The Bulldogs (12-8), making their first trip to a region final in the school’s 45-year history, yielded a goal 20 seconds in and were unable to recover. “Every game in the postseason has been a chance for us to showcase our ability,” said Coach Cindy Gray. “We were excited to make it this far and even though we lost, to get to this point is still a success. It gives the girls that will be returning a lot more drive and desire out of the gate.”