Broadneck High’s field hockey team experienced a couple of firsts Monday night, but neither one was on the positive side: The Bruins surrendered their first goals of the season – three to be exact – and then lost for the first time, 3-2, in double overtime to arch-rival Severna Park at home.

Broadneck dropped to 7-1 overall and 4-1 in the Anne Arundel County league; the Falcons improved to 7-0 (5-0 in Anne Arundel County) League play.

Doing most of the damage for Severna Park was sophomore forward Marissa Balleza, who punched in a pair of goals, including the game-winner with 1:28 left in the second overtime period. She cleaned up a saved shot on a long attempt by Kelsey Fielder.

“I had in my mindset I’m going to get this in,” Balleza said. “Everyone was telling me, `We’ve got to win. We’ve got to win.’ It was just so amazing.”

The hard-fought victory was particularly sweet for the Falcons, who saw teammate Kierston Muhly go down with 50 seconds left in regulation when Broadneck sophomore Sarah Ruzzi accidently drove the ball into Muhly’s face while attempting a flick into space. Muhly lost a tooth and was taken off the field by ambulance following a 30-minute delay in the match.

“It just shocked everybody,” Balleza said. “All of us wanted to win for her. All of us felt awful for her because she lost a tooth. That was one of our big motivations. First of all, the Bruins are one of our biggest rivals so we really wanted to beat them and then Kierston got hit the mouth and we were all like we really want it for her. She sacrificed her body for our team so we really wanted to do something for her. It’s just a fabulous feeling.”

Her shot came amidst a stellar performance by Broadneck goalkeeper Jenna Tribull, who stopped 15 shots on the match, including seven during the overtime periods. The Falcons outshot the Bruins, 8-2, in the two overtimes.

“We were really close,” said Tribull, who entered the match having not surrendered a goal this season. “I wish we could have got it but Severna Park played a really great game and had really great goals and I hope we see them again (in the playoffs). We’re going to use (the loss) to fuel our fire and we’re going to go hard the rest of the season. We want to win states this season.”

The Falcons ended Broadneck’s string of shutouts with a pair of first half goals after an apparent early strike by the Bruins was negated by a third party call. Then with 11:35 left in the first half, Balleza cleaned up a loose ball on the left side of the goal for a 1-0 advantage.

Roughly seven minutes later, Nell Bragdon slipped a pass from the middle of the field to Madeline Ross, who was positioned inside the circle and on the right side of the goal. Ross then spun around with the ball and punched in a shot in for a 2-0 lead.

The Bruins stormed right back in the second half on two goals by Kate Stengel with 25:21 and 13:44 left in the regulation. She cleaned up a rebounded shot on the first goal and then redirected a pass from Anna Haley during a penalty corner for the tie. The second goal was a shot that sailed about shin high from the left side of the goal into the right corner of the cage.

“I don’t know why they let down,” Falcons coach Lil Shelton said. “They kept passing to the other team. They kept dribbling into the other team. It was like they lost their will or something and I don’t know why because they knew (Broadneck) had to fight back.”

Despite the loss, Bruins coach Jennifer Parks was more than satisfied with the way her squad played, especially Tribull.

“She had so many awesome saves, especially during the overtime periods,” Parks said. “She was amazing. She really takes charge back there and to lose 3-2 in double overtime to a team like Severna Park, we’re going to learn from this and take this momentum into playoffs. This is going to be a good turning point for our team.”


No. 1 Severna Park 3, Broadneck 2, 2OT

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Goals:
SP – Balleza 2, Ross; BN – Stengel 2.Assists:
SP –Bragdon, Fielder; BN – Haley. 

Saves:
SP — Colletti; BN –Tribull 15.