Broadneck takes 1st Anne Arundel title

Strother's goal late in game breaks tie at 1, helps deal top-ranked South River first loss of season

No. 2 Broadneck 2 No. 1 South River 1

Field hockey

October 23, 2007|By Katherine Dunn | Katherine Dunn,Sun reporter

Several players in last night's Anne Arundel County field hockey championship said they figured the game would be decided by a goal.

No. 1 South River and No. 2 Broadneck featured tough defenses and stingy midfields, so it would come down to one explosive offensive play, and the Bruins' Brigette Strother finished that play with 6:40 left in the game.

Strother's 18th goal of the season gave visiting Broadneck a 2-1 victory and its first county title. It also marked the first time any team other than Severna Park had won the crown since the county initiated its title game in 1995.

Several players other than Strother had a hand in the game-winner, which started with a strong defensive play from Karri Ellen Johnson about 70 yards away from the goal. Heading down the sideline, Courtney Tomchik dodged South River defender Hope Battista and took the ball into the circle, where she crossed it to Strother on the far post.

After that, strong defensive plays from Johnson, Morgan O'Brien and Katie Matteo held off the Seahawks, who suffered their first loss of the season. Both teams are 14-1.

"When Brigette scored, our intensity picked up," O'Brien said. "We wanted to get revenge so bad [for a 2-1 regular-season loss]. It's an amazing feeling. I've never really experienced anything like this before."

Early on, the teams traded goals within a minute and a half.

The Bruins' Paige Duncan scored on a broken corner play 5:13 into the game. Shortly after, the Bruins' defense made a strong stand against a South River fast break, but Bruins goalie Madeline Koch pushed the ball away from the goal line with her nonstick hand, resulting in a penalty stroke.

Brooke Griffin converted for her 14th goal of the season.

"Two very good teams, and Broadneck played extremely well tonight," South River coach Katie Corcoran said. "We had a couple mistakes that hurt us, but when you play this high-caliber game, it's great to get ready for playoffs."

katherine.dunn@baltsun.com

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