When Broadneck boys soccer coach Kevin McMullen said the Bruins' offense would take care of itself during yesterday's state 4A semifinal, he didn't necessarily have Brad Reinhart in mind.
Nonetheless, Reinhart would provide all the scoring, recording a hat trick to lead second-seeded and host Broadneck past third-seeded Thomas Wootton of Montgomery County, 3-0.
The Bruins (9-2-4) meet the winner of last night's Bowie-Walt Whitman semifinal, which ended past the Anne Arundel County Sun deadline, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Old Mill.
"I expect that from Matt Weimer or Rich Aftoora," McMullen said of the three-goal explosion, "but Brad really came through."
Reinhart also netted three goals in the season-opener against Queen Anne's, but was limited to just two the rest of the year until last night.
"I was in the right spot at the right time," Reinhart said, explaining his success against the Patriots (10-4-1). "It could have been anybody. I was just in the right spot."
Reinhart's first goal came with just over 16 minutes elapsed in the first half. Aftoora, Broadneck's leading scorer coming in with 11 goals and five assists, sent a throw-in that Weimer flicked to the senior forward, whose header eluded Wootton keeper Eric Reed.
"It didn't seem like they knew anything about us," McMullen said of the Patriots. "They did not prepare for our restarts. They did not prepare for Richie Aftoora's throw-ins. He's lethal from there."
The Bruins nearly built on their lead late in the half, when Johnny Williams floated a pass to Aftoora. But Reed came up with the save.
Reed would be victimized twice by Reinhart in the second half, however.
With 25:12 remaining in the game, Reinhart rebounded a Weimer header that struck the left post and booted a shot past Reed. Then, with 8:17 left, he fielded an Aftoora pass along the left side and, streaking toward the goal, lined a shot into the net.
"It wasn't just one person," Reinhart said, deflecting all praise.
True. Ample credit went to Broadneck senior Johnny Williams, a midfielder assigned to Wootton's leading scorer, Stephan Triandafilou.
Triandafilou had 20 goals during the regular season, but spent most of last night trying to free himself from Williams.
"We put our best athlete on him for the whole game," McMullen said.
"Johnnie Williams is one of our captains. He's a point guard in basketball and a team captain. He plays shortstop and pitches for us in baseball. He's just an outstanding athlete. And he took Triandafilou out of the game and that was a major factor."
Williams had high praise for Triandafilou, saying, "He has exceptional speed, he can turn with the ball, he moves without the ball exceptionally well. I just did my best to stay between him and the goal. I just used my basketball defense."
Williams learned earlier in the week that he would be assigned to the Patriots' senior midfielder.
"I love to take on a challenge, so I was looking forward to it all week," he said. "I've heard enough about him to write a biography."
Triandafilou did shake loose from Williams with 9:39 left in the first half, but his blast from 15 yards out was caught by Broadneck keeper Sean Tettemer.
Tettemer finished with eight saves overall to secure his eighth shutout.
In one frenzied sequence with 14 minutes left, he made consecutive stops on shots by Triandafilou and Ted Sherburne -- the latter while on his back.