No. 2 Broadneck battles, Whitman ruins Bruins’ undefeated run in 4A state girls soccer final

Broadneck’s Maddie Capps (left) and Whitman’s Emma Giles battle for the ball during Saturday’s Class 4A state girls soccer championship game. The second-ranked Bruins’ bid for an undefeated season and second title in four seasons was denied by the Montgomery County squad, 2-1, at Loyola University’s Ridley Athletic Complex.

by Tom Peace

Special to VSN

Broadneck High girls soccer returned to Ridley Athletic Complex Saturday night, looking to put the final touch on an undefeated season. 

Walt Whitman had other ideas. The Montgomery County school put the No. 2 Bruins on their heels before weathering a late push for a 2-1 victory to win the Class 4A state championship.

“Tonight was a good indicator of what the team’s made of,” Broadneck coach John Cam said. “When things didn’t go our way tonight, we hung in there, still fought.”

The Anne Arundel County school which had not allowed a goal in more than a month, was in a 1-0 hole seven minutes into the match Saturday. Whitman (15-2-1 overall) made it 2-0 with a goal from freshman Evelyn Javers in the 55th minute.

The Bruins (17-1-1), who won the 2017 4A title, didn’t quit. Junior forward Sadie Wilkinson delivered a kick that curled past Whitman goalie Sophia Mays for the Bruins’ first score in the 77th minute.

“We kind of had that attitude that we were still in this game, as long as there is a goal difference, we are still in the game,” said Camm. “(We) have that fighting mentality. These kids have embraced it.”

The Cape St. Claire school wasn’t able to make up the deficit, ending a 23-game unbeaten streak dating back to the abbreviated fall season that took place in late winter because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was the final game for seniors Peyton Baldwin, Reagan Baldwin, Sunny Bowers, Sophia Facciponti, Paige Fullerton, Carly Johnston, Clementine McLemore, Eva Mowery, Brianna Sawyer, Marion Smargisi, Laney Smith, and Molly Yeomans.

“From the start, even in the spring season last year, our goal was to get to states and play here at Loyola,” said Mowery. “I thlnk we just kept that same mentality through the whole season.”