Broadneck enjoys good week in boys soccer

Notebook

October 10, 2007|By Pat O'Malley | Pat O'Malley,Sun reporter

The No. 2 Broadneck boys soccer team had quite a week to take over sole possession of first place in the Anne Arundel County league.

Coach Sean Tettemer's Bruins ran their overall record to 9-0-1 and league record to 6-0-1 with back-to-back 1-0 victories over Old Mill (8-2, 6-2) and No. 8 Severna Park (8-3, 7-1) in a three-day period.

The Bruins' defense, led by senior Jamie Flewellyn, played a major role in the two wins that put Broadneck in the driver's seat for a berth in the county championship game at Chesapeake two weeks from today.

"Jamie is our leader in the back, and we did a lot of searching to find the right mix of who was going to be our center-back," said Tettemer, whose team has given up just four goals this season. "And he has really stepped forward. It's a great role for him because it really points out all of his strengths. He's a leader, competitor, and he's been around for a long time and has been through a lot of our good times. He's the guy who solidifies what we're doing in the back."

Those good times include two straight Class 4A East regional titles and berths in the state semifinals. Through last week, the Bruins have gone 37-7-3 since 2005, when they made it to the state final.

"It plays to our strength when we score early," said Tettemer, who is in his sixth season as coach of his alma mater. "We've become comfortable with getting an early lead and then protecting the lead. It's a focus for us from Day One. We need to win 50-50s, need to win head-balls, and we need to be slide tackling.

"When we get a goal, we need to hold on and lock it down. That's been our program goal ever since I started here."

Drew Campbell, a senior midfielder who assisted Dylan Reddersen on the goal against Old Mill and scored the lone goal at Severna Park, agrees with his coach.

"When we get a goal, it seems to give us tons of confidence because of our defense," Campbell said. "It [first goal] gives us something to work for and we don't have to press foward all the time and can hang back and play tough on `D.' "

Quick hits

South River's field hockey team has replaced perennial power Severna Park as the team to beat in the county and the area. The top-ranked Seahawks knocked off then-No. 2 Bryn Mawr, 2-0, on Friday. Sophomore Brooke Griffin, who had a goal against Bryn Mawr, leads the Seahawks (10-0) in scoring with 10 goals and 10 assists. ... In its 36-20 win at then-No. 15 North County (3-2) on Friday, Southern (3-2) rolled up 350 yards of total offense, 220 rushing and 130 passing. ... South River's Hillary Lee won the girls A1 cross country race in the Doc Jones Invitational at Annapolis on Saturday with a time of 20 minutes, 18 seconds. ... Sophomore outside hitter Kourtney Salvarola took Most Valuable Player honors in the Thomas Johnson Volleyball Invitational on Saturday. Two days earlier, she led No. 4 Broadneck to a 3-1 win over No. 7 Severna Park. She had 14 kills and eight aces versus Severna Park.

pat.omalley@baltsun.com

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