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n Williams’ two second-half goals propel Cavaliers to crown

By AJ MASON

Staff writer

It’s been 11 seasons since the Calvert girls soccer program reached regional championship glory.

On Tuesday night, the third-seeded Cavaliers reached that pinnacle again, dethroning defending Class 2A South Region champion Southern of Anne Arundel County, 2-1.

Trailing 1-0 at halftime, sophomore midfielder Hailey Williams nailed two goals in a seven-minute span to help the Cavaliers punch their ticket to the state semifinals as the 2012 2A South Region champion.

“When we were down, we just kept our heads up,” Williams said. “Southern beat us last year, so it felt good to beat them this time. It was just amazing when the second game went through.”

Calvert (12-1-2 overall) will take on 2A East Region champion Fallston of Harford County in the state semifinal at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Harford County’s Bel Air High School in Bel Air.

Southern had defeated Calvert in back-to-back postseasons heading into the matchup, but it was the Cavaliers getting over that hump this time around.

“Southern has a talented team and we knew what was at stake,” Calvert head coach Dawn Lister said. “They’ve beat us the last couple of years in the playoffs, and now the finals was a charm. We are going to celebrate now, but we are back to work tomorrow [in practice].”

With 24 minutes left in regulation and the Southern defense bringing major pressure, sophomore Ali Higgs crossed a pass over to Williams, who put the first goal home to tie the game at 1.

“Calvert just dominated us in the air and possessed the ball real well, we were very lucky to get to halftime with the lead,” Southern head coach Brooke Walsh.

Seven minutes later, junior Brooke Bailey broke through the teeth of the defense and sent another beautiful cross over to Williams, who tallied the team’s second goal, which put the crowd on their feet.

“We moved Hailey up top and we looked for her to capitalize and she did,” Lister said. “We have a lot of talent on this team.”

Southern (11-6) took a 1-0 lead in the first nine minutes of the game when senior Alex Wetherholt ripped a shot from 20 yards out that went right off the hands of senior goalkeeper Rachel King (4 saves).

“I’m proud of my girls, but hats off to Calvert, they wanted it a little more than we did,” Walsh said.

Bulldogs freshman goalie Joey Lyons finished with five saves, four coming in the second half.

ajmason@somdnews.com

Calvert 2, Southern 1

Southern 1 0

Calvert 0 2

Goals: Southern (Wetherholt); Calvert (Williams 2)

Saves: Southern (Lyons 5); Calvert (King 4)