Broadneck boys soccer coach Kevin McMullen always teaches his athletes to be flexible. He believes it's a sound way to prepare for the inconsistencies of the "real world."
That advice came in handy over the weekend, when the second-seeded Bruins were faced with the postponement of Saturday's Class 4A state semifinal game against No. 3 Thomas Wootton because of rain.
The game was rescheduled for 5 this afternoon at Broadneck. The other semifinal, pitting top-seeded Bowie and No. 4 Walt Whitman, will follow at 7:30 p.m.
"The kids were ready to play," McMullen said, "but they've just got to bounce back. Besides, we have some bumps and bruises that were given a couple extra days to heal."
The Bruins also were given more time to devise a strategy to contain Wootton's two biggest scorers, seniors Stephan Triandafilou and Ted Sherburne.
"They're quite a 1-2 combination," McMullen said. "We have to stop those two guys. They create a lot of firepower."
Triandafilou was voted the No. 1 player in Montgomery County by the area's coaches. The center-halfback has 20 goals, nine more than Broadneck's leader, Rich Aftoora.
Aftoora, a senior, is an all-time leading scorer for the Bruins, with 30 goals and 12 assists. His goal total equals the mark established by 1984 graduate Steve Curtis.
Junior Matt Weimer has nine goals and two assists, and senior Brad Reinhart has contributed five goals and four assists.
"Our offense will take care of itself," McMullen said. "It's just a matter of our defense stopping Triandafilou and Sherburne."
Wootton brings a 10-3-1 record into today's game. Broadneck (8-2-4) is making its third appearance in the state playoffs under McMullen, who hopes to guide the Bruins to their first championship.