Broadneck junior Jaden Smith scored his second goal of the game with 18 minutes left in the second half and the Bruins held off a furious barrage of Severna Park shot attempts in the closing minutes to win 3-2 on the road on September 30.
The Bruins started the game strong, jumping out to a 2-0 lead just 13 minutes into play. The first goal came on a long throw-in that bounced past the Falcons defense and was cleaned up by Bruins senior Jeremiah Rodriguez on the far side of the goal from the throw-in. Less than four minutes later, Smith took a shot that hit the Falcons’ goalie in the hands, took a Bruins’ bounce and went into the goal to extend their lead.
But Severna Park showed great resolve, as sophomore Jeffery Chukwu came off the bench and scored both goals for the Falcons to tie the game before halftime. Chukwu showed great athleticism on both goals, scoring his first on a long pass down the sideline and singlehandedly dribbling past several defenders before slotting the ball into the top left corner of the net. On his second goal, Chukwu benefited from the Bruins’ goalie coming too far out from the goal and was able to bounce a header in.
“I thought that they dominated the first half; Severna Park absolutely dominated us,” Bruins head coach Scott Tettemer said. “We were lucky to score two goals against the run of play; we needed them, and I thought that we played much better in the second half.”
Falcons head coach Ryan Parisi said that his team didn’t let the deficit get into their heads too much and was glad to see them fight back to level the game at halftime.
“I’ve got guys that have belief for the whole time, so they’re not going to get phased by a singular moment in the game,” Parisi said. “They’re going to continue playing the game, play as hard as they can through the final whistle, and they know that those singular moments don’t define the full outcome of the game.”
In comparison to the fireworks of the first half, the second half was a defensive struggle with both teams turning the ball over numerous times, but neither was able to capitalize on several opportunities that resulted from those turnovers. Only once the ball took a fortuitous bounce in front of Smith did the game change.
“The ball just happened to pop up right in front of me and I took my opportunity, took the shot and it went in,” said Smith. “In the second half, we just tried to follow our tactics, shut down their key players that they always try to play, and then play from the back out and try to get the goal that we needed to win.”
After Smith’s goal retook the lead for the Bruins, Severna Park tried in vain to level the score, but Bruins goalkeeper Matt Tettemer made several key saves to preserve the lead.
With the win, Broadneck moved to 7-1 on the season, with their only loss being to Bowie. This was Severna Park’s first loss of the season, dropping them to 6-1.
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