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It was a taste of heartbreak for the co-Southern Maryland Athletic Conference champion Calvert and Huntingtown girls soccer teams, who both fell short in the state semifinal round.

On Nov. 9 in the Class 2A girls soccer state semifinal girls soccer contest, it came down to the final seconds of regulation between Calvert and Fallston of Harford County at Harford County’s Bel Air High School.

While following up on her own corner kick, Fallston sophomore defender Logan Gasior directed a shot on goal from the right side.

The ball then 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 past senior goalkeeper Rachel King (4 saves) with only three seconds left on the clock.

Calvert (12-2-2 overall, 9-1-2 SMAC), the 2A South Region champions, would not have a chance to respond as time expired and Fallston, the 2A East Region champions, escaped with the 1-0 victory.

The Cavaliers and head coach Dawn Lister were left it in heartbreak mode and had hopes of reaching its first-ever state championship, but came up just short.

“I felt Rachel had her hands on it, but she just couldn’t get to it, it’s nothing you can do,” Lister said. “I thought we were going to overtime. We had some chances to score throughout the game we just couldn’t convert. Fallston is a good team and they were able to pull it out.”

Calvert senior striker Megen Jackson was named as an all-state first-team selection as well as the All-SMAC Most Outstanding Player and All-County Athlete of the Year.

River Hill of Howard County knocked the defending 3A state champion Hurricanes out of the playoffs with three second-half goals for a 3-0 victory in the 3A state semifinals at the Community College of Baltimore County-Essex campus in Baltimore.

The Hurricanes were without the services of All-SMAC and All-County first team senior midfielder Tori Bellucci due to a concussion.

Huntingtown has reached states the past four seasons and six of the program’s nine seasons.

Huntingtown finished 15-3 overall, 10-2 in SMAC. The Hurricanes won their first 10 games of the season, which included a championship in the Bel Air tournament.

AJ MASON