No. 7 Broadneck’s second half spurt nets second Class 4A state crown in three seasons; Dean scores twice (VIDEO HERE!!)
by Nelson Coffin
The old bromide that says defense win championships came to the fore in the Class 4A girls state championship soccer match on Saturday at Loyola University Maryland’s Ridley Athletic Complex.
Only that the team with the most heralded backline, previously unbeaten Urbana (18-1-1), was denied its second straight crown by a Broadneck team that had given up more than three times the amount of goals (14) than the Hawks from Frederick County did this fall.
The defending Class 3A state champs had allowed just four goals coming into the battle, but a breakdown in the second half sent them to a 2-1 defeat to give No. 7 Broadneck its second title in three years.
Junior forward Makenna Dean was the difference-maker for the Bruins (17-2-1), scoring both goals on feeds from senior midfielder Jenna Buto and junior midfielder Talia Gamarra, respectively, in a three-minute, 38-second span midway through the second half.
Dean said that her 15th and 16th goals of the season were “mostly about instincts.”
Both times, she eventually navigated her way past Urbana senior goalie Hannah Goodacre to face an unguarded net.
She said that she could not help but think about a situation earlier in the year against Arundel when a similar opportunity went awry.
“It’s very stressful,” she said. “A million things were going through my head, like, ‘what if I miss?’ It’s very unreal. I can’t really describe it. I scored the goals, but the entire team worked very hard to get both goals.”
In the early going, Urbana had the upper hand.
One promising chance was turned away in the second minute and then the Hawks produced another when senior striker Abby Burdette made a nice run deep into the box.
Her shot, however, was off-frame, as was the Hawks’ best opportunity of the first half, after a through-ball from senior midfielder Maddie Tchou found sophomore forward Brianna Skidmore wide open well inside the penalty area.
Skidmore’s shot skidded just to the right of the far post and out of harm’s way.
Broadneck coach John Camm said that he moved senior defender Emily York to mark Burdette after the Hawk second-leading scorer appeared to be finding too many openings.
“The game got away from us a little bit,” the coach admitted. “And it did help when they didn’t finish their chances.”
The Urbana defense was still playing pretty well, most notably when right back Riley Johnson cleared a ball a few yards from the goal line after it trickled past Goodacre.
Goodacre made amends when she stopped a heavy drive by Dean with about seven minutes remaining in the half and then watched as Broadneck junior Mia Camm’s free kick was headed by Buto over the right corner.
Goodacre’s best save of the half, though, came on a diving stop of a left-footed Buto bullet with 32 seconds to go.
Gabarra started the second half strong, bombing a 30-yard shot high in the 42nd minute before Dean’s volley off a Camm corner kick pounded the crossbar and dove straight down and out of the goal mouth.
Meanwhile, the Central Maryland Conference champion Hawks did not record their first shot on goal — Burdette did the honors — until the 54th minute, although it was saved by sophomore goalie Sam Hoffman.
Hoffman was starting just her fourth game of the season, all in the playoffs, after filling in for injured freshman Maija Schwartz.
John Camm called Hoffman, the unsung hero, “the most improved player on the team.”
Broadneck’s hard work on the offensive end finally paid off on Dean’s back-to-back tallies.
“We did a nice job in the middle of the field,” John Camm said. “And we did a good job of taking away their space. Jenna (Buto) was a beast in the middle today.”
Urbana halved the deficit when Skidmore converted a pass from Shepherd with 10 minutes, 25 seconds left in regulation.
Even so, the Bruins were only threatened once the rest of the way before securing the crown.
“That was a quality opponent,” Urbana coach Chuck Nichols said. “We knew from scouting them that they were very organized and athletic, and we knew they would outnumber us in the middle. We wanted too get wide, but we couldn’t do it because they put so much pressure on us. But we won like 95 percent of balls in the air. They did a better job of adjusting to the massive width (of the field) than we did.”
CLASS 4A GIRLS SOCCER STATE CHAMPIONSHIP GAME
(AT LOYOLA UNIVERSITY MARYLAND’S RIDLEY ATHLETIC COMPLEX)
No. 7 BROADNECK 2, URBANA 1
B 0 2 — 2
U 0 1 — 1
Goals: B-Makenna Dean 2; U-Brianna Skidmore.
Assists: B-Jenna Buto, Talia Gabarra; U-Caitlin Shepherd.
Saves: B-Sam Hoffman; U-Hannah Goodacre 5.