Broadneck needs OT to end Sev. Park's 12-game streak

Broadneck 1 Severna Park 0

boys soccer

October 18, 2006|By Glenn Graham | Glenn Graham,SUN REPORTER

What was so frustrating over the course of regulation for the Broadneck boys soccer team turned out to be an easy task in overtime yesterday against visiting Severna Park.

Senior forward Alex Fernandez scored into an open net from 8 yards, giving the No. 10 Bruins a 1-0 win over the previously undefeated and No. 9 Falcons in a game played in steady rain on Broadneck's new artificial turf.

The Bruins (9-3-1, 7-3 county) earned their fourth straight shutout win and in the process, returned the favor to some degree in handing the Falcons (12-1, 9-1) their first loss after 12 straight wins. Last season, the Bruins saw their undefeated season end with a loss against Severna Park.

Yesterday, after controlling play from the midway point of the first half and on, the Bruins had nothing to show for their hard work with shots going high or wide.

Fernandez changed that with 1:54 left in the first 10-minute overtime period. Senior Eric Cava sent a cross in from the right side that Severna Park sophomore goalie Peter Koffler had trouble hanging on to. With the ball loose in front, Fernandez scored his fifth goal of the season.

"We really worked hard for that goal," Fernandez said. "We had a couple chances that we couldn't put away, but were finally able to get one. "

The Falcons put three shots on Broadneck goalie Billy Hufnell in the early stages of the first half before the Bruins made adjustments to take over play. Taking a more direct approach and sending balls over the top enabled them to use their speed with Fernandez, Cava and junior midfielder Dylan Redderson the catalysts.

The Bruins' reward finally came in overtime.

"Any time you beat an undefeated team at this point in the season is a good win. But you also have to give Severna Park credit for being in that position. This is a step in the right direction for us," Broadneck coach Sean Tettemer said.

Severna Park coach Bob Thomas was not pleased with his team's performance.

"They beat us to every ball - outmuscled us and played right through us," he said. "We like to play to feet, and they didn't allow us to do that. They did a good job of disrupting our flow."

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.