With No. 6 Arundel scoring 60 goals this season and No. 8 Broadneck enjoying seven consecutive shutouts going into yesterday's Class 4A East region title game, something had to give.
It wasn't the Bruins' defense.
With a strong collective effort in back and a late goal from junior Dylan Reddersen, Broadneck beat host Arundel, 1-0, for its second straight region title.
Broadneck (13-3-1), a state runner-up last season, will host Thomas Johnson, a 5-1 winner over C. Milton Wright, on Thursday.
For the second straight season, the Bruins eliminated the Wildcats (13-3-2) in the region final.
"I'm very, very proud of these guys - they've done a tremendous job defensively," Broadneck coach Sean Tettemer said. "We've gone on quite a run right now where we haven't allowed a goal, and we're not going to lose too many games if we don't give up any goals."
Reddersen's goal was nothing new against Arundel. In five career games against the Wildcats, he has scored four times, including the second goal in last year's 2-1 win for the region crown.
Yesterday, with just less than seven minutes to play, he fired a shot from the right side that deflected off a defender and got past Arundel goalkeeper Ryan Santos.
Reddersen and the Bruins are looking forward to another opportunity to win a state title.
"Basically, what it is with our team is, yes, we have the technical ability, but what makes us a great team is we have the work rate and everybody wants to play for each other," Reddersen said.
The game ended with an altercation when Arundel senior defender Grady Mulhall was issued a red card after having words with the head referee. After receiving the red card, Mulhall moved in front of the referee, who then fell on his back despite no apparent contact between the two.
"Apparently [Mulhall] lost his cool a little bit, said some things he shouldn't have said, so the referee red-carded him," Arundel coach Nick Jauschnegg said. "What the referee should do [at that point] is get out of there. They're teenagers; they get upset. [Mulhall] shouldn't have done it, but he did it.
"But then the referee falls on his back, and I tell you what - he was acting. It was one of the best dives I've ever seen. My boy never touched him."