Coming off an undefeated regular season, including victories over several top teams in the Baltimore metro area, expectations for the Broadneck field hockey team are high as the playoffs begin. Facing a South River team that they defeated 2-0 earlier in the season, Broadneck scored early and often en route to a 7-2 victory in the region semifinals on October 31.
The Bruins will travel to St. Mary’s County to face Leonardtown on Wednesday. Broadneck coach Shannon Hanratty felt the key to the fast start was the ability to control the tempo with their style of play.
“We stuck to our game plan and were able to play our own style,” she said. “Kids had some really nice touches to spark some early goals, which gave us some momentum.”
Arden Hunteman (one goal, one assist) scored an unassisted goal just 2:06 into the game and then assisted a Faith Everett goal with 6:21 remaining in the first quarter. Katelyn Kearns scored the first of her three goals 3:33 into the second quarter. South River got on the board just 1:12 later before Kearns and Raleigh Kerst (two goals) scored before halftime as Broadneck took a 5-1 lead into the break. Coach Hanratty praised her team's composure after allowing the goal to the Seahawks.
“We responded a little better to the pressure they put on us than we did the first time we played them,” Hanratty said.
Kearns and Herst closed out the scoring in the second half, sandwiched around the Seahawks second goal. Chloe Page had two assists, and Jess Kopernick and Lexi Dupcak each had an assist. Mia Moody made five saves in goal.