- The Enterprise
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BEL AIR – In the final seconds, the Calvert girls soccer team hoped that it would be heading into overtime in Friday night’s Class 2A state semifinal contest versus Fallston of Harford County.
Instead, Fallston sophomore defender Logan Gaisor followed up on her own corner kick and hit a shot on goal from the right side.
The ball struck the inside of the far post and bounced back along the goal line, before bouncing off a Calvert defender into the back of the net as the Cavaliers lost 1-0 in heartbreaking fashion at Bel Air High School.
Calvert (12-2-2 overall), which came off a 2-1 over Southern of Anne Arundel County in the 2A South Region championship Tuesday, were left devastated and wondering what happened as time expired.
“I thought we had it and we were going into overtime,” Calvert head coach Dawn Lister said. “I couldn’t believe it, but Fallston is a good team. We had some chances, but the girls worked hard and had a great season.”
Up until the game-winning tally, neither team could score. Both had a ton of chances, but high and wide shots missed the net.
“I thought we were going to PKs and we were working on that all week because we knew it was going to come down to the end,” said Fallston head coach Mark Hannahs, whose team won the state title in 2009 and is 15-2-2 this season. “Calvert has a great team and I was nervous at the end."
Before the girls game, the Patuxent boys soccer team had its season come to a close in the 2A state semifinals, as Queen Anne’s of Queen Anne’s County won in a 4-0 shutout, its 10th of the season.
Senior forward Luke Smithmyer scored two goals to give the Lions a 2-0 halftime lead. Senior Kyle Dean scored a goal and had two assists on long throw-ins, and Colby Tolson added a goal.
“Patuxent possessed the ball well, but we didn’t allow clean shots,” said Queen Anne’s head coach Randy Capshaw said, whose team improved to 15-0-1. “This is a special team and our goal is to win the state title.”
Patuxent lost in the state semifinals for the second straight season.
“They were big, physical and their air game in front of the goal hurt us,” Patuxent head coach Brett Hansen said. “I was happy to get back here."
Patuxent (9-7), which won the 2A South Region title over Gwynn Park of Prince George’s County, 5-0, on Tuesday, will graduate 10 seniors.
"We just weren't used to their style of play," Patuxent senior striker Nick Carlson said. "It's been great to get here the past few years, we just came up short both times."
Queen Anne’s 4, Patuxent 0
Queen Anne’s 2 2
Patuxent 0 0
Goals: Queen Anne’s (Smithmyer 2, Dean, Tolson)
Saves: Queen Anne’s (D’Orsaneo 6); Patuxent (Frawley 4)
Fallston 1, Calvert 0
Fallston 0 1
Calvert 0 0
Goal: Fallston (Gaisor)
Saves: Fallston (Reilly 5); Calvert (King 4)