Severna Park girls, Broadneck boys need penalty kicks to win Anne Arundel soccer crown
by Donald Daniels
The Anne Arundel County soccer championships were mini classics Tuesday evening with Broadneck High boys and Severna Park girls claiming titles in a shootout at Chesapeake-Anne Arundel.
The 10th-ranked Broadneck boys outscored No. 12 Meade, 4-1, in penalty kicks (played to 2-2 tie through 100 minutes) and the No. 8 Severna Park girls knocked off seventh-ranked South River, thanks to a 4-3 penalty kick decision.
After blanking the Mustangs, 3-0, a few days ago, the Bruins (13-2 overall) had a much more taxing time in the rematch. Meade struck first off a Tosin Ayokunle throw in as Evan Marx able to boot in a score into the right corner of the net after ball bounced off several defenders for the game’s first tally at the 25-minute mark.
“I thought we competed exceptionally well and did enough to put up a fight against Meade,” Broadneck coach Sean Tettemer said. “We were not doing much in the middle late, so we defended right in front of the back line. Our backs, Reilly Joyce and Joey Orofino and Aaron Lawrence and John Robillard, all had big games.”
A minute later Broadneck scored the equalizer when Ethan Romito scored on off a Tyler Madairy corner kick. The Bruins grabbed the lead at the 25 minute mark when Romito sailed in his second goal of the contest from ten yards out as their 2-1 lead held heading into halftime.
“It was a big day in front of a big crowd, and you just have to do what you have to do,” Romito said. “Both of these teams — this was a really good battle. Both teams have attributes that lead them down the field.”
Meade (11-3-1) scored the lone goal of the second half when Ayokunle evaded a Bruin defender and blasted a shot in at the 56th minute mark.
Both overtime periods saw tough defensive efforts from both sides. In the sixth minute, Silas Baker received a cross pass from Ayokunle on the right side of the box, but Vaaler made a diving save.
In the PK round, Romito buried his opening attempt, and Vaaler made the big stop on Ayokunle’schance.
Mikey Johnson and Madairy followed with successful kicks. Baker missed a shot high and Ethan Loftis delivered clinching score.
“We had some opportunities in the second half and overtime to put the game away,” Meade coach Mike Banach said. “Against a team like that, if you don’t, it will come back to get you. It was positive that we got another game against a high-quality opponent going into the playoffs.”
With two of the best defenses in Anne Arundel, it was no surprise Severna Park and South River played 100 minutes of scoreless soccer.
Madeline Altman, Kailyn McCulloch, Chase Campbell and Toni Fiocco-Mizer found the back of the net in shootout stage for the Falcons (14-1 overall), who ended South River’s title reign. Katie Byrd had three saves for Severna Park.
“It’s always fun to play against good teams,” Severna Park coach Brian Morgan said. “It was a very hard-fought game and they’ve got a great group of players being able to pull this off was pretty satisfying.”
The Falcons had best scoring opportunity, drawing a corner within the first seven minutes, but senior Samantha Cremmins’ shot flew wide. South River (11-1-2) gained a corner and free kick, only to see Severna Park deny both.
Madalyn Bonzella’s try off the corner was kneed away by Falcons senior Lexi Richardson while sophomore Elizabeth Gleeson’s free kick ricocheted off junior Chloe Nagel.
“We did everything that we had to do,” South River coach John Sis said. “We had to shut them out, not give up a goal. I thought they did that.”
After two foiled Seahawks corners, Falcons junior Chase Campbell lined up for a free kick. Her ball soared to the top of the net and hit the crossbar.
Despite outdrawing their foes on corners 10-2, South River had very little chance of breaking open. It was like the Falcons defense was built exactly for those situations.
For Severna Park, Altman stepped up to the ball. She slightly adjusted the ball position before firing her attempt past Cobb.
Then, Gleeson faced down Byrd, who had already stopped her earlier in. As Gleeson’s kick loosed, Byrd leapt and punched it away.
“It’s such a rush,” the keeper said. “I was so happy our teammate scored, and it was awesome to save one.”
Severna Park’s McCulloch and Campbell both connected on both their kicks, but South River’s Lydia Boyer and Riley Dillahay kept things alive.
Then, Cobb blocked Espinoza’s shot. Seahawks sophomore Kylie Lopez’s zipped her attempt past Byrd.
Then, Fiocco-Mizer lined up for the Falcons’ last kick. The shot passed Cobb, setting off a celebration. Byrd squared up against South River’s last challenger and made the stop.
“We never get PKs like this in the regular season, so this was good for us,” Sis said. “We’ll learn from it and we’ll move on.”
“Each game we want to get better, so this is just another step toward our goal,” Byrd said.
ANNE ARUNDEL COUNTY SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
AT CHESAPEAKE-ANNE ARUNDEL
NO. 10 BROADNECK 2, NO. 12 MEADE 2
(BROADNECK WINS IN PK’S, 4-1)
Meade 1 1 0 0 – 2
Broadneck 1 1 0 0 – 2
Goals: Meade – Evan Marx, Tosin Ayokunle; Broadneck – Ethan Romito, Tyler Madairy
Assists: Meade – Erick Anariba; Broadneck – Romito
Saves: Meade – Shane Steele 8; Broadneck – John Vaaler 5
NO. 8 SEVERNA PARK 0, NO. 7 SOUTH RIVER 0
(SEVERNA PARK WINS IN PK’S, 4-3)
Severna Park 0 0 0 0 – 0
South River 0 0 0 0 – 0
Saves: Severna Park – Katie Byrd 3; South River – Cobb 4