Bowie Nips Broadneck For State Soccer Championship

November 19, 1990|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff writer

The intense nature of Saturday night's Class 4A state boys soccer final, won by Bowie 2-1, left a series of lasting images.

* Broadneck sweeper Jarett Smith repelling one rush after another with alert clears over the increasingly frustrated Bulldogs.

* Bruins keeper Sean Tettemer leaping high in the air and slapping aside with one hand a Todd Hicks shot that seemed destined for the net.

* The Broadneck players huddling with Tettemer, while Bowie celebrated a Steve Wandzilak goal that broke a scoreless tie with 10 minutes, 31 seconds left.

* Broadneck coach Kevin McMullen crouching down on the Bruins' sideline and pumping his fist after a Rich Aftoora header eluded Bowie keeper Blake Hunter with less than three minutes left.

* Bowie reserve midfielder Byron Pena unloading a shot from 35 yards out in overtime that was earmarked for the goal from the moment it left his foot.

* And finally, the triumphant Bowie players removing their black arm bands and holding them over their heads as they ran a victory lap around Old Mill's Bob Golliday Field.

This championship, they said in unison, belonged to Donnie Zukowski, the projected starting goalie who was killed last summer in an automobile accident.

Broadneck's dream of a first state title officially ended 4:26 into overtime, when Pena's booming shot cut through the wind and dipped under the crossbar. It was a goal that left no room for second-guessing. Tettemer simply never had a chance.

"I could see it coming," he said, "but I just couldn't get to it."

"You get beat on a great play, what are you going to do?" McMullen asked. "I congratulate the kid. The last thing you want is to lose it on a garbage goal or a fluke play. The kid hit a great shot. He scored an exceptional goal."

And he overcame an exceptional defensive effort from the Bruins (9-3-4), who repeatedly turned aside a team ranked second in the nation in a USA Today poll.

Tettemer compared the Broadneck defense to a "ping-pong machine," with Bowie shots ricocheting off heads and bodies and spraying in every direction.

"Their defense was tremendously sound," said Bowie coach Rick Kirkland, whose team completed a 16-0 season. "No matter what we were throwing at them, they seemed to pick it up real well. As we moved into their 20 (yard line), there was no way we were going to get it in. There was no way."

Smith said, "Everyone knew we had nothing to lose. We were the underdogs, but no one really cared. We just came out and played as hard as we could."

After the first half, the Bulldogs held a 19-2 edge in shots, but no lead. They went on to outshoot Broadneck, 33-4.

"It's tough when they put that kind of relentless pressure on you," McMullen said.

In one typical sequence midway through the first half, Bowie's Seth Brannon, Greg Zweibel and Wandzilak took turns firing at Tettemer. But the ball never reached him. Smith and Jeff Vincent saw to that.

Later, with Hicks about to take aim on an open net, Mick Cato stripped the 16-goal scorer of the ball, and Vincent made the clear.

"They've been playing defense like that all year," McMullen said.

"That's obviously one of our strengths and we were depending on it to get us through today.

"They bent, but they did not break."

Tettemer would finish with 12 saves, including two in overtime.

"The kid has just done an unbelievable job for us all year, gotten absolutely no post-season recognition as far as all-county teams are concerned. And for my money he's the best goalkeeper in Anne Arundel County, and I wouldn't trade him for anybody else," McMullen said.

He feels equally strongly about the rest of his players.

"I can't say enough about my kids," McMullen said. "I'm very, very proud of them. They gave me everything they had for the whole game."

Even after a Wandzilak goal that could have proven demoralizing.

Having pushed the ball down the right sideline on a rare Broadneck offensive surge, Matt Weimer became entangled with two Bowie defenders.

Twice, fullback Gregg Sexton stripped Weimer of the ball, but the Bruin junior regained control and sent a crossing pass to Aftoora, whose header knotted the score.

"We come from behind real well," said Aftoora, whose 31 career goals are a school record. "This team has a lot of heart."

A fact McMullen discovered long before Saturday's final.

"In this line of work, the object is to get your kids to reach their full potential," McMullen said, "and this group of kids came as close to doing that as any team I've ever coached."

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