In recent years, the Broadneck-Chesapeake-Anne Arundel boys soccer rivalry has showcased tight marking, with an emphasis on taking advantage of rare opportunities on offense. One goal usually makes the difference.
That was the case Tuesday at Chesapeake, where the No. 4 Bruins got a goal from junior Ryan Bugarin midway through the first half and protected the lead with an organized effort in back to come away with a 1-0 win over the No. 15 Cougars.
Broadneck improved to 3-1-1 overall and 2-0 in Anne Arundel County, while the Cougars fell to 2-2 overall and 1-1 in league play.
Bugarin, at the right place at the right time, pounced on a ball that lingered in front after being sent in by Tyler Fernandez.
Sturdy play in back led by central defenders Cameron Rowe and Josh Banachoski took care of the rest as the Cougars pressed in the second half, looking for an equalizer that never came.
"It just came down to I think we wanted it a little more and we came out of it," said Broadneck senior midfielder Guy Skord, who had a strong two-way effort in the middle. "Everybody worked hard out there. It was a good game, we got the goal and were able to keep it - it could have gone either way."
The Cougars were able to get out of the first half trailing by just one goal after goalie Kody Herd made a diving save on Josh Schwartz's penalty kick awarded just moments after Bugarin scored.
Chesapeake created more offense during the second half - Joey Mulligan sent a shot from 12 yards just wide and Justin Kestler saw a chance from 14 yards saved by Broadneck goalie Cody Niedermeier - but the Bruins were able to stay tidy in their defensive end to protect the lead.
"It always comes down to one goal, and it was going to either be a set piece or it was going to be someone drifting off their mark just enough for somebody to tap it in," Chesapeake coach Chris Collins said.
"That's exactly what happened. We've seen it time and time again against these guys - 1 yard is all it took to tap in the goal."
Goal: B-Bugarin. Assist: B-Fernandez. Saves: B-Niedermeier 4; C-Ko. Herd 6. Half: B, 1-0.