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  • Rachel Spilker and the Falcons will face Talia Gabarra and the Bruins on October 5 at Broadneck.
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    Rachel Spilker and the Falcons will face Talia Gabarra and the Bruins on October 5 at Broadneck.

Rivalry Showdown: Severna Park, Broadneck Girls Soccer Teams Set To Battle

Colin Murphy
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October 2, 2017

The Severna Park and Broadneck girls soccer teams will square off at Broadneck on Thursday, October 5. One team controls its playoff-seed destiny. The other needs a statement win.

 

Severna Park Girls Eye Big Rivalry Win

At 5-1-1 overall and 4-1 in county play, the Severna Park girls soccer team is in a solid position to contend for top seeding in the upcoming region playoffs.

A good chance to strengthen that position will come on October 5 when Severna Park travels to Broadneck. The Bruins are undefeated in county play at 5-0.

Whereas the Bruins nipped South River 1-0 on September 14, the Falcons were on the other end of a tight game with a rival when they fell to the Seahawks 1-0 at home on September.

“It was just one of those games that could have gone either way,” said head coach Brian Morgan. “We could have been a little bit more clinical with our chances. That happens sometimes. It was just one of those games where you’ve got to take advantage of your chances. They really only had one decent chance. You’ve got to dust yourself off for the next one.”

That’s precisely what the Falcons have done. Following the loss to South River, the Falcons rebounded with a 3-0 win over Meade on September 21, getting a hat trick by Sarah Gellert, assists by Elizabeth Kiely and Samantha Cremmins and four saves by Katie Byrd.

PHOTO GALLERY: Severna Park girls soccer vs. South River, 9.19.17

The Falcons kept it moving with a September 25 victory over Southern in which Kiely and Gellert scored and Kiely and Madeline Altman had assists in a 2-1 win. Against Annapolis on September 25, two goals by Toni Fiocco-Mizer and scores by Gellert, Jenna Farrell, Lauren Campbell, Leah Meyers lifted Severna Park to a 6-1 win.

After starting 1-0-1 with a scoreless draw against Spalding and a 3-0 win over Severn, the Falcons’ biggest win since came in a September 13 matchup with Arundel. Gellert’s brace, a goal and an assist by Farrell, plus two assists by Cremmins, powered Severna Park to a 4-1 win over the Wildcats.

The Falcons are on the rise. A rivalry win on October 5 would firmly announce Severna Park’s contention for the region.

 

Broadneck Girls In Driver’s Seat For Top Region Seed

Is it even possible? Could the Broadneck girls soccer team really be flying under the radar?

That seems unlikely for a program that went undefeated and won the state championship in 2015 and had a strong campaign a season ago, going 11-3-1. But so far this fall, the Bruins have worked their way to a 7-1 record through September without a ton of fanfare.

“I think we are flying under the radar a little bit, which is fine,” said head coach John Camm moments before his Bruins made their presence loud and clear in an 8-0 win over host Annapolis on September 25. “We have a really good group. Really focused, really motivated, skilled.”

The team returns eight starters from last year’s squad and has only three seniors, and the skill is spread all over the field. Senior holding midfielder Jenna Buto and fullback Emily York are the most experienced members, and Buto leads the team in scoring. Multi-tooled midfielder Talia Gabarra leads a junior class that features key returners Mia Camm, MaKenna Dean, Torie Brown, Lily Kluckhuhn, Emily Schweitzer and Caleigh Fletcher, while sophomore midfielder Lela Clark and freshman goalie Maija Schwartz give the Bruins strength at all positions on the field.

Broadneck’s strengths were apparent in the thrashing of the Panthers, when Dean, Camm, Fletcher, Gabarra, Buto, Kluckhuhn, York and Anna Moyer all got on the score sheet, with Gabarra notching three assists and Camm recording two.

PHOTO GALLERY: Broadneck girls soccer vs. Annapolis, 9.25.17

Goal-scoring jubilees are one thing, but the Bruins have also come through in tight contests against longtime foes. Gabarra scored the lone goal in a 1-0 win over South River on September 14 on a nice pass from freshman midfielder Ellie Shurman.

“We got a couple breaks and finished our chance,” Camm said of his side’s win over the Seahawks. “I’m really impressed by how much composure we had.”

The win over South River was an important result considering the Bruins’ shot at a title repeat was cut short by the Seahawks in a 4-1 loss in last year’s region playoffs.

Said Gabarra, “Losing to South River last year really gave us a little fire in our belly, made us ready to come back this year, work hard and play better.”

The Bruins kept the fire burning in subsequent victories over Lakota East (Cincinnati, Ohio) and Old Mill before getting past Arundel in a 3-2 win when Clark netted two goals, Brown scored the third, Gabarra and Camm each had assists and Schwartz had four saves. Brown’s goal broke a 2-2 tie with just seconds remaining before overtime and lifted the Bruins to the victory.

As any team with playoff aspirations knows, winning against your top region counterparts is important.

“It doesn’t determine your season, but it makes your path easier,” said Camm. “If you can win those games, then you’re at home [for the playoffs], you don’t have to go down to Leonardtown, it just makes your job easier. That’s why we stress all the time, make our job easier, make everyone else’s job harder.”

Only a 2-0 loss to Urbana on that rainy Saturday over Labor Day weekend mars the Bruins’ record, but they’ve since acquitted themselves well. An October 5 tilt with visiting Severna Park promises to be Broadneck’s next tough test.

“I think it’s going to be a great rivalry game,” said Camm. “Back in the day when they were significantly better than us, the game was close. When we got a little bit better than them, the game was always close. If we’re in the game at the end, we’re pleased with that.”

Gabarra said simply that the Bruins have a high ceiling, and they haven’t reached it.

“I think we’re doing well,” she said. “We could be doing better. We haven’t quite connected yet. I think we’re getting there. … We’re preparing. We’ve been preparing all season for [Severna Park]. Severna Park-Broadneck, it’s always going to be a good game, and I think that we’re going to need to connect passes, work together and communicate.”

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