In a potential playoff preview, the Severna Park and Broadneck girls soccer teams played a competitive game on September 29, tying 0-0 after double overtime.
The lack of scoring was no indication of the talent on display. The Bruins — without a loss entering October — and the Falcons — with only one loss, to Chesapeake — showed grit throughout the game.
“We’ve been struggling with consistency all season long, so even though we didn’t play as pretty as we wanted it to be, we were happy with the effort,” said John Camm, the head coach for Broadneck’s varsity girls soccer team. “Severna Park is a very skilled team. They’ve got high aspirations this season, so to keep them shut out, to have our seventh shutout of the season, is nice.”
Those shutouts include a 1-0 win over North County on September 7, a 1-0 win over Meade on September 22 and a 2-0 win against Old Mill on September 27. But the Bruins also have yet to score more than three goals in a game this season.
“We need to work on executing on our chances,” said Sadie Wilkinson, a senior forward on the Bruins. “That’s something that we’ve been struggling through this whole season: being able to score. We make a lot of chances, and we need to start scoring off them.”
Severna Park was left with a similar feeling after the game: proud of the effort but disappointed with the result.
“It’s a big rivalry for us, so we always know it’s going to be a fight,” said Severna Park’s head coach, Rick Stimpson. “And the girls’ effort today was exceptional. They played all the way through to the last whistle. Just couldn’t quite get over the line.”
The Falcons had chances, with seven corners. Broadneck goalkeeper Kyleigh Bland had several key saves to keep Severna Park off the scoreboard.
“We worked really hard to get here and play with that much intensity, and we’re all just supporting each other as a team and pushing hard to the end,” Bland said.
Senior midfielder Nevaeh Dowell agreed that Broadneck is not far off from the complete team they want to be, and they tried to show that against their rival.
“It’s Severna Park and they’re our rival, so we were pumped and ready,” she said. “This could be our only time playing them, so we wanted to come out and fast and play hard. We just knew we had to keep it up because we didn’t want to lose.”
Broadneck will continue to work on their execution during upcoming games against Arundel, Southern and South River.
“I think the results will start going our way toward the end of the year,” Camm said. “But we put ourselves in a good spot for the county championship and to get a good seed [in the playoffs].”
Severna Park hopes to be in the county championship game as well. The Falcons will try to win upcoming games against Meade, Arundel and Old Mill.
“I’m really happy with the way we’re playing,” Stimpson said. “We’re moving the ball well. We’re winning the games where we get on top. We’ve had one blip so far, against Chesapeake, where we were a little flat. But other than that, I’m happy with the way we’re playing. We just need to be consistent and keep pushing forward.”
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