Corey Childs is one of three seniors who have started on the Bruins teams that made the state final in 2005 and the state semifinals last season.
A center-midfielder, Childs and the rest of the No. 2 Bruins (13-0-1) go after the Anne Arundel County Championship against No. 5 Severna Park (11-3) at 7 tonight at Chesapeake High School.
Childs relishes his responsibilities on the defense-oriented team. Soccer is the only sport Childs plays at Broadneck, and he hopes to play in college.
A resident of St. Margaret's, Childs has a 3.77 grade point-average and scored 1,650 on his SAT.
Tell us about Broadneck's neighborhood rivalry with Severna Park?
It's a good rivalry between us. It's always an intense game and the fans come out and support us. It's fun and intense and we always hope for the best.
What will it take to beat the Falcons again, a team the Bruins beat 1-0 on their turf in the regular season?
It's going to take hard work and determination. Whatever it takes.
What's it been like for you, Dylan Reddersen and Jamie Flewellyn as the three seniors who have led the team over the past three years?
It's been special. We've been contributors since our sophomore years coming in and out of games.
What is your role on this team?
I call myself "the conductor." That's what some of the parents say. It's communication and ... where everyone is on the field. I have to make sure everyone is in the right place. As a center-midfielder, it's my job to keep the team together.
Going into the county championship, your team is undefeated. Just how good is this team?
We are pretty technically sound. We have a lot of depth, maybe not as much depth as our previous years and 2005. But technically, people coming off the bench, there is really no letdown between the starters and the bench. We definitely outwork the other teams and it shows.
Isn't defense the Bruins' forte?
Actually this year, we haven't had to come from behind. That's been the case ever since I've been on the varsity team. We seldom come from behind, and get the lead and hold it from there.
How is the team chemistry?
It's good. Last year we had our problems with chemistry. But after we lost to Arundel and Chesapeake, we turned things around and came together. This year, the whole team sticks together and we work for each other. The underclassmen work for the seniors, knowing it's their last year ,and want us to go out with a bang.
What's been your biggest soccer thrill so far?
When we were playing the state semifinals in 2005 against Magruder at Churchill High School. They scored in the first half on a [penalty kick], so we were down 1-0. With 10 minutes left we scored on a long throw-in and we were getting [outplayed] the whole game. That put it into overtime and Jamie [Flewellyn] scored the game-winning goal on another long throw. We went crazy. We lost to Sherwood in the final. My dad went to Sherwood, but he was pulling for us.
Your father, Mark, was a good athlete in high school, correct?
My dad was All-State in three different sports at Sherwood - football, basketball and baseball - and was going to go pro in baseball but injured his shoulder. He made the varsity basketball team as a freshman. It was the first time he ever played.
So, how did you end up playing soccer?
It seems like everybody starts off with soccer and baseball when they are little, and I just stuck with it. I played baseball and was a pretty good pitcher, but I stopped in high school and focused on soccer. I kind of miss baseball and considered trying out a few times.
What's in the future for you?
I'm definitely interested in continuing soccer, but I haven't committed. There have been some colleges I've talked to like UNC-Wilmington [N.C.], UMBC, St. Lawrence [N.J.]. I went to summer camps at UNC-Wilmington and High Point. I believe something good will happen for me.
What would you major in?
I definitely enjoy sports a lot, so I will probably pursue something along sports management or business. I love sports, ESPN and SportsCenter is always on at my house.
When you are not playing soccer, what do you like to do?
I hang out with friends, play video games, listen to music, water ski, go down to Annapolis.
Do you have someone you look up to?
Gilbert Arenas [of the Washington Wizards]. I like athletes that didn't get much attention when they were younger and made it big time.