Broadneck slips past Chesapeake

Goal off long throw-in wins playoff opener, 1-0

Class 4A East boys soccer

High Schools

October 26, 2003|By Glenn P. Graham | Glenn P. Graham,SUN STAFF

Executing on restarts has been an integral part of the Broadneck boys soccer team's success this year.

Last night at rival Chesapeake of Anne Arundel, it was one such restart that helped keep the Bruins' season going.

A tough-to-handle long throw-in from sophomore back Brandon Rowe found its way into the back of the net off Cougars goalkeeper Andrew Dotson midway through the second half, providing the Bruins with a 1-0 win in a Class 4A East region opener.

The Bruins improved to 8-5-2 and next will play at home against Patuxent of Calvert County on Tuesday. Chesapeake, which carried the play a good part of the game last night, finished with a 5-7-3 mark.

The Bruins were able to hold off a steady surge from the Cougars to keep the game scoreless in the first half and then found good fortune with Rowe's unconventional goal and more strong defense after.

"Finishing on restarts is one of our main things we work on in practice ... and we were able to come out with a win," Rowe said.

Rowe sent the long throw-in from the right sideline from about 25 yards out - a line drive that Dotson did well to get his hands on through traffic, but couldn't hang on to.

"We played hard but it was just the one breakdown and that's all it takes sometimes," said Dotson (five saves). "I had it in my hands and then got hit from behind and it fell out."

Controlling midfield play, the Cougars had more possession for bigger chunks of the game but weren't able to break through in their offensive third. Broadneck goalkeeper Rob Llano turned away seven shots and the defense produced a solid effort in front of him.

Broadneck second-year coach Sean Tettemer expected a tough challenge from the Cougars.

"Chesapeake has a great amount of tradition over the years and anytime you play a team like that in the playoffs, you know that means a little bit of something," he said. "Fortunately, we were able to come out strong defensively, weather the storm a little bit and try to neutralize the game early."

No. 2 Archbishop Curley 4, No. 13 Calvert Hall 2: Matt Liska scored three times and assisted on Dominic Costello's goal, and Drew Yates had two assists as the Friars (20-0-2 overall, 12-0-2 league) edged the Cardinals (8-6-2, 7-6-2) in a Maryland Interscholastic Athletic Association A Conference game.

Sun staff writer Lem Satterfield contributed to this article.

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