Broadneck's Brad Reinhart scored all three goals and teammate Johnny Williams shut out Wootton's Stefan Triandafilou as the Bruins advanced to the state Class 4A soccer finals for the first time ever.
The 3-0 victory marked the first time in three tries Broadneck has gotten by the state semifinal hurdle.
"Stefan Triandafilou is the best player in Montgomery County and we felt we had to put a mark on him all over the field," said
Broadneck coach Kevin McMullen. "We put our best athlete on him and Reinhart and Richie Aftoora took care of the offensive end."
Reinhart got two goals off long throw-ins from Aftoora and then patiently waited near the left far post as Aftoora broke free on a dribble to the right and crossed a perfect pass.
"Triandafilou is a great player, the best I've faced except for Richie," said Williams, who is the starting point guard in basketball and starting shortstop in baseball for the Bruins.
"I really enjoy marking Richie in practice when we are on different sides. The challenge is a lot of fun."
The Bruins will meet Bowie, which defeated Walt Whitman, 4-0, in yesterday's other semifinal.
All the state finals will kick off Saturday at Old Mill with the Class 4A game slated for 7:30. (Complete schedule appears on Page B4.)
"I scored three goals in our first game of the season against Queen Anne's," said Reinhart. "I was just in the right place NTC tonight. Richie did all the hard work."
Reinhart did work overtime for his second goal, a diving header after Aftoora's throw-in was headed off the far post by Matt Weimer.
With Williams taking Triandafilou out of Wootton's attack, Broadneck goalkeeper Sean Tettemer had to make only six saves, but one was somewhere between spectacular and incredible. Wootton had mounted an offensive thrust when a shot ripped into Tettemer's chest. Call it a bona fide block. The rebound caromed around the goal mouth and Tettemer was prone on his back when he stretched high to snatch the ball before it could enter the net.
That came midway through the second half and Wootton never mounted another serious threat.
In state Class 4A field hockey, Bethesda-Chevy Chase stopped Severna Park, 2-1, yesterday at Goucher.
Trisha Gately had staked the Falcons (15-1) to a 1-0 lead before BCC's relentless attack (11-1 penalty corner edge) got the equalizer on Kristen Hurt's goal at 22:25. Five minutes later, Emily Kelly scored the game-winner and the Falcons failed to respond.
In the Class 1A championship, Easton nipped Pocomoke in overtime, 2-1, as Brenda Wamick got the game-winner at 8:51 of the sudden- victory extra period.
The Class 2A and Class 3A finals were scheduled for today at Goucher. Fallston, the only area team still alive, was to face J.M. Bennett for the 2A championship.
In the AIS field hockey tournament, Roland Park and Bryn Mawr were named A Division co-champions after playing to a scoreless tie. In the B Division, Park defeated Old Fields, 1-0.
Poly assured its chance to play for a share of the MSA A Conference football championship yesterday, defeating Mount St. Joseph, 32-0.
The No. 2-ranked Engineers (8-1) can claim a share of the title with Gilman by beating City on Thanksgiving Day.
In girls soccer, Patapsco avenged an earlier defeat by outlasting Towson, 5-2, in a shootout in a state Class 1A/2A semifinal yesterday. After 80 minutes of regulation and 20 minutes of sudden-death overtime, the teams were tied 1-1. It was 2-2 after the first five players for each team in the shootout. But Patapsco, which lost to Towson 3-0 in the last game of the regular season, scored on three of its next five shootout attempts to win the game.
Patapsco (13-1) faces Middletown of Frederick County in Saturday's 1A/2A final. Middletown defeated Loch Raven, 4-0, in yesterday's other 1A/2A semifinal.
In Class 3A/4A, Oakland Mills defeated Old Mill, 4-2, and Severna Park edged C. Milton Wright, 2-1, in overtime.
In the Severna Park nail-biter, Michelle Cope broke through a defender and scored the winning goal halfway through the first 10-minute overtime.
The winners advance to Saturday's championship game at 1 p.m. at Arundel High School.