A year ago, the Broadneck and Chesapeake field hockey teams battled to a scoreless regular-season tie. The same thing happened last week.
And in last year's Class 4A Region IV semifinal, the home-standing Bruins quickly jumped out to a 3-0 lead en route to a 5-2 victory and an eventual 11-2-1 regional runner-up finish to Severna Park.
The visiting Bruins' 1-0 overtime victory over the Cougars in yesterday's semifinal shows that not much has changed.
Senior RebeccaFink put her fifth goal of the season past keeper Ellie Beziat (16 saves) 4 minutes and 34 seconds into the first 10-minute overtime period to make sure of that.
One of seven Bruins players in the seven-a-side overtime, Fink had missed off a penalty corner moments earlier.
"I was frustrated, but this time, there was no defense in front of me and I said 'I'm going to do it.' The goalie was to the left, soI shot it between her legs," Fink said.
The Bruins improved to 8-4-1 and earned the right to play the winner of last night's semifinalbetween top-seed defending regional champion Severna Park and Queen Anne's on Thursday.
It looked like the Cougars would rewrite the script in the game's first nine minutes, but the Bruins' defense of Judi Tucker, Liz Piazza, Sarah Bannatt and Rachel Smith withstood a Monica Gibson-led offense, which outshot them, 5-0, with a 4-0 advantagein penalty corners.
Broadneck keeper Rachel Sassi (13 saves) kicked away three shots in that stretch and Gibson (seven goals, two assists) nailed a 30-yard shot wide left of the Bruins' goal.
The Bruins -- who got their first of five first-half shots 12 minutes into the game -- took over from there. Beziat, who stopped all five of the shots, also was kept busy with four penalty corners.
In the second half, Chesapeake had a 10-8 shots advantage and 3-1 in penalty corners, but Sassi and Beziat each registered eight saves.
"We changed acouple of things at halftime and it seemed to work for a while," said Chesapeake coach Jerry Raab, whose second-seeded Cougars finished 7-4-2.
"I've got five seniors on my team and the rest are sophomores and juniors. It's going to take a while for them to get that winning attitude."
Phoebe Kelly simply hopes her third-seeded Bruins cankeep winning.
"I had gray hairs, but each person has a job out there. They know what they have to do and they work together and followthrough," said Kelly. "That's been the program the whole season."