Rich Aftoora set up three goals by Brad Reinhart, but it was the brilliant defense of John Williams, Jeff Vincent and Sean Tettemer that vaulted host Broadneck into its first 4A state soccer final with last night's 3-0 defeat of visiting Thomas Wootton.
Midfielder Williams put the wraps on Stephan Triandafilou, the consensus Montgomery County Player of the Year, and Vincent shut down dangerous forward Ted Sherburne.
Goalie Tettemer's eight saves included two spectacular stops in slam-bang fashion as second-seeded Broadneck (9-2-4) advanced to Saturday's 7:30 p.m. final against top seed Bowie at Old Mill High School.
The Bulldogs (15-0), who decisioned Broadneck by one goal in a preseason scrimmage, rolled to a 4-0 victory over fourth-seeded Walt Whitman (10-5) in last night's second semifinal.
Stephen Wanzzilac's first-half goal on Greg Zweibel's first of two assists was all that Bowie would need.
Triandafilou entered with 20 goals -- Broadneck had a team total of 28 -- but was neutralized by what Bruins coach Kevin McMullen called "our best athlete."
"What we did was to put our best athlete, Johnny Williams, on him. He took Triandafilou out of the game, and that was a major factor," McMullen said. "We also wanted to keep Sherburne under control, which Vincent did."
Said Williams, one of Broadneck's four three-sport players, "he [Triandafilou] is the second-best player I've ever faced -- I play versus Richie [Aftoora] in practice -- so I just tried to stay between him and the goal. I used my basketball defense."
"I've heard enough about him this week to write his biography, and I just enjoyed the challenge."
With the Bruins' defense in top form, McMullen said, "I knew our offense would take care of itself, and it did." And that was primarily because Wootton (10-4-1) could not handle Broadneck's quick re-starts.
The Patriots were first burned in the 17th minute when Aftoora's long throw-in to the goal mouth was touched from Matt Weimer to Reinhart, who headed the ball in.
Weimer's shot off another Aftoora throw-in at 54:48 hit the post, but Reinhart collected the rebound and scored from directly in front of keeper Eric Reed.
Then, Reinhart capped the scoring with just over eight minutes to play.
"We knew what they [Wootton] were about, but they didn't prepare for our re-starts," McMullen said. "They didn't know about Richie's throw-ins, and he's lethal from out there."
"He's so strong, and throws the ball so hard and on such a line, that it becomes a corner kick for us," McMullen said.
Patriots coach Matt Boratenski conceded that "we're small and didn't play well in the air [on the throw-ins]," but said that Broadneck's re-starts were "nothing that we haven't seen before.
"Dulaney [a 1-0 loser in the regional] plays similarly, and so do some teams in Montgomery County. We just did not play very intelligently," Boratenski said.
Wootton's best opportunity of the game was thwarted by Tettemer in the waning minutes. He first dove to knock down Triandafilou's hard direct kick, and was still on the ground when he reached up to slap away Sherburne's point-blank shot off the rebound.