Patience pays for Bruins' Lord Coach of the Year 1992 ALL-ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY GIRLS SOCCER TEAM

November 24, 1992|By Roch Eric Kubatko | Roch Eric Kubatko,Staff Writer

David Lord has learned that one of the most important attributes for any girls soccer coach is patience. And he needed lots of that at Broadneck this season.

The team was relatively young, with only two senior starters. And it lacked a superstar who could take over a game and single-handedly turn defeat into victory.

And it still won nine games and made the region finals.

No wonder Lord counts this season among his most rewarding in six years at the Cape St. Claire school.

"There were a couple years where I thought our team was a state playoff team. I thought we'd go at least to the state semifinals, and we never got there," said Lord, The Baltimore Sun's Anne Arundel County Coach of the Year.

L "With this team, my goal was just to go as far as we could."

The Bruins went further than most people expected. They upset top seed Chesapeake, 1-0, in the region semifinals, before bowing to Severna Park, 3-0. They had upset the Falcons, 1-0, in September.

"I thought when we played Old Mill, we could beat Old Mill. There was no doubt in my mind," said Lord, whose team lost to the Patriots, 2-0. "When we played Severna Park, I really felt we could beat Severna Park. I did not think we could beat Chesapeake. I thought they had too many weapons."

What the Bruins had were preparation, confidence, and sophomore goalie Tara Jensen, who made 16 saves.

"Chesapeake was one of those teams where you knew exactly what they were going to do," Lord said. "It's straight up and down the field. They didn't change all year long. We were prepared, and I thought it helped."

The Bruins weren't a team that could fall behind by a couple of goals and then rally.

Broadneck's leading scorer was sophomore Jessica Hull, with seven goals and six assists. The Bruins scored 31 goals in 14 games, and seven of those came against Meade.

Lord knew the Bruins would have to win with defense, and they did, posting eight shutouts and giving up 11 goals in the regular season.

There were some rough moments. After the Bruins lost to South River, 3-2, Lord said, "I couldn't believe how poorly we were playing." And though they dominated Northeast statistically, the game ended in a 2-2 tie.

"Those things happen. You have to be patient," Lord said.

"My younger players got better as the year went on," he said. "When we watched the films on them, it was really rewarding to see how far they actually did come from day one until the last game. We went as far as we could go."

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