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  • Tyler Madairy's late goal helped Broadneck earn a a 1-1 tie with Severna Park on Thursday.
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    Tyler Madairy's late goal helped Broadneck earn a a 1-1 tie with Severna Park on Thursday.
  • The Bruins celebrated their late equalizing goal on Thursday. Broadneck and Severna Park tied 1-1 in boys soccer.
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    The Bruins celebrated their late equalizing goal on Thursday. Broadneck and Severna Park tied 1-1 in boys soccer.
  • Teammates congratulated Griffin Bathras after his first-half goal put the Falcons ahead of the Bruins, 1-0.
    Photo by Colin Murphy
    Teammates congratulated Griffin Bathras after his first-half goal put the Falcons ahead of the Bruins, 1-0.

Broadneck Boys Rally To Tie Severna Park On Late Goal

Colin Murphy
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October 6, 2017

A tie is a tie, but on Thursday, a tie felt like a victory for the Broadneck boys soccer team.

Tyler Madairy’s left-footed strike found the back of the net with just under four minutes to play on Thursday, helping the Bruins force overtime and ultimately earn a 1-1 tie with rival Severna Park.

Coming off a 2-0 loss Tuesday to North County, the Bruins (4-3-3) played some of their best soccer of the season in getting a result against the previously unmatched Falcons (9-0-1), widely regarded as one of the best teams in the state.

“It’s great for them, because they worked really hard tonight,” said Broadneck coach Sean Tettemer.

The Falcons looked well on their way to a 10-0 start to the season for most of the night, as they took a 1-0 lead in the first half after steadily building up attacks and creating scoring chances. In the 28th minute, Drew Belloff dribbled to the left corner of the box, niftily dribbled out of pressure from two fast-closing Bruins and dropped the ball of deftly to onrushing Griffin Bathras. Bathras had the ball teed up perfectly, and he smashed a low burner screaming into the back of the net at the far post.

That set off a festive atmosphere on the Severna Park sideline as Falcon students and families began enjoying what looked like another surefire win.

But the Bruins kept fighting, doing their best to contain a Severna Park team that has scored in bunches and had hadn’t been held out of the win column in nine games.

“I thought we played great against an excellent Severna Park team, so I was pleased with our effort and very pleased with the result considering that we were a bit defensive,” said Tettemer. “I thought we did everything we tried to do tonight as far as respecting what [Severna Park] can do and knowing that we had to be really smart defensively, but then gaining some advantage in the attack sometimes.”

The efforts paid off with just minutes to go in the game. Broadneck’s Bryce Costello won a loose ball close to the edge of the box, and his touch fell to Madairy.

“Two people went in on it, and it just popped up,” said Madairy, a sophomore. “It was in the air, I volleyed it with the outside of my left foot, and it curled into the bottom left of the goal.”

Both teams had chances in 20 minutes of overtime, but play was mostly even, and play ended with a 1-1 draw.

John Vaaler made six saves for the Bruins, while Sam Farrell had five for the Falcons.

For a young Bruins team trying to develop consistency in rough-and-tumble Anne Arundel County, Broadneck’s tie against one the best teams in the state is a huge confidence-builder.

“It’s pretty big for us,” said Madairy. “We just have to keep on going and keep our heads.”

Severna Park coach Ryan Parisi assessed the result: “Broadneck wanted it more,” he said. “We’ve just got to keep working and get better tomorrow.”

Tettemer mentioned the inconsistencies that can come with having a young team but said the Bruins’ effort on Thursday was a great step in the right direction.

“From the opening whistle to the end, they competed hard tonight,” he said. “Had we lost that game, I could have taken that result with the competitiveness they showed, and luckily we were able to get a draw… Now the key is to develop some consistency, get back up to this level again and continue to play well.”

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