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  • The Bruins outlasted rival Severna Park 2-1 in cold and rainy conditions on Tuesday night, winning the 4A East and punching their ticket to the state tournament.
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    The Bruins outlasted rival Severna Park 2-1 in cold and rainy conditions on Tuesday night, winning the 4A East and punching their ticket to the state tournament.

Broadneck Girls Reach State Tournament With 2-1 Win Over Severna Park

Colin Murphy
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November 8, 2017

The Broadneck girls soccer team is back in the state tournament.

A year after falling to South River in the region final, the Bruins booked a return trip to the state semifinals with a 2-1 win over rival Severna Park in a heavy rain and chilling wind in the 4A East region final at Broadneck High School on Tuesday night.

Goals by Jenna Buto and Lela Clark and a stellar goalkeeping performance by emergency JV call-up Samantha Hoffman carried the Bruins (15-2-1) to the win.

The teams played 100 minutes of scoreless soccer in their regular-season matchup, but on Tuesday the Bruins were able to break the seal at home and repel the Falcons’ late push to win.

Broadneck will be making its third state tournament appearance and first since winning it all in 2015.

PHOTO GALLERY: Broadneck vs. Severna Park girls soccer, 4A East region final, 11.7.17

“We knew it was going to be a really tough game, and we knew they’re a really good team,” said Buto. “We had the momentum with us, and we ended up with a win.”

Buto was on the receiving end of a corner kick by Mia Camm just six minutes into the game to give her side an early 1-0 lead.

Kailyn McCulloch equalized just five minutes later for Severna Park, sending a high-arcing shot from 40 yards away into the swirling wind and rain and through the hands of Hoffman for a goal.

Severna Park’s Sarah Gellert nearly gave her side a 2-1 lead later in the first half, but her shot hit the crossbar.

The goalkeepers traded excellent saves, as the Falcons’ Katie Byrd made a great reaction save on a shot to keep the game tied:

Hoffman, who played on JV all year and was thrust into the starting varsity role after an injury to freshman Maija Schwartz, had an outstanding game, making three saves, including one on a second-half chance by the Falcons:

Head coach John Camm remarked on the high-pressure situation of Hoffman stepping into the starting spot in such a big game.

“We knew we’ve got a solid group in front of her,” Camm said. “She made a couple of key saves. She was solid in the back. We just told her, ‘Save what you can. The rest will take care of itself.’ Obviously she’s going to be nervous. She played great.”

In the second half, Clark had her chance, and she made it count.

“There was a deflection, and the ball just came to me, and I looked up and the net was right in front of me,” said Clark.

Clark’s blast pinged the underside of the crossbar, and the Bruins led 2-1.

Severna Park made a slew of advances as the clock wound down, and the Falcons’ Jenna Farrell even managed a header that landed in the goal before being called for offsides.

The Bruins doggedly cleared their lines, and they’re returning to the state tournament.

Camm acknowledged how difficult it is to win the region.

“You give South River a lot of credit, because they’ve won this thing four out of five years,” he said. “You need luck. You need to be a little bit better than everyone else, and you need luck on your side. We feel like we’ve been probably the most dangerous team going forward in the region these past three years, but you still need the ball to bounce your way, and that’s what we got.”

Buto, who was a member of the 2015 team that won the state title, is excited the team has another crack at the crown.

“It’s awesome,” she said. “We knew since the first day of playoffs and really since the beginning of the season that we had the momentum to get to the state final, and now we’re showing it, and we’re getting there, and we’re just like the 2015 team.”

The Bruins play South champion Eleanor Roosevelt Saturday at Henry A. Wise High School, time TBA.

PHOTO GALLERY: Broadneck vs. Severna Park girls soccer, 4A East region final, 11.7.17

Extra Points:

-Camm credited the work of assistant coaches Mike Malone and Jake Boyle in preparing Hoffman throughout the season.

“Our assistants do a great job,” Camm said. “Mike did a great job. Jake Boyle worked with Samantha all season long. He believed in her. She’s infinitely better than she was last summer. A lot has to do with how these kids feel about her, and a lot has to do with how much Jake helped her out during the season. Even though she was on JV, she trained with us every practice. She had some experience and is with us every day.”

- The Falcons finished the year 13-2-1 a year after finishing 5-8-3 and made the region final for the first time since 2011, when the program went all the way to the state final before losing to BCC on penalty kicks.

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