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  • One More Time: The Broadneck girls are celebrating once again after Saturday's 2-1 defeat of Urbana in Baltimore, which won the program its second 4A state championship in three years.
    Photo by Colin Murphy
    One More Time: The Broadneck girls are celebrating once again after Saturday's 2-1 defeat of Urbana in Baltimore, which won the program its second 4A state championship in three years.
  • Junior Makenna Dean reacted after her go-ahead score in the second half. Dean scored twice in the span of four minutes to turn a 0-0 game into a 2-0 Broadneck lead, and the Bruins held on for a 2-1 victory.
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    Junior Makenna Dean reacted after her go-ahead score in the second half. Dean scored twice in the span of four minutes to turn a 0-0 game into a 2-0 Broadneck lead, and the Bruins held on for a 2-1 victory.

With State Title, Broadneck Girls Assert Their Identity

Colin Murphy
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November 21, 2017

BALTIMORE—It had been two years since the Broadneck girls soccer team broke through and won the program’s first state championship.

On November 18, when Broadneck defeated Urbana 2-1 in the 4A state final at Loyola University, the team didn’t just return to the top of the Maryland. The Bruins returned to their championship identity.

“We kind of returned to our roots today,” said head coach John Camm. “A little bit more hard-nosed than we were all season. That’s what we talked about all week long, being physical, playing hard, just getting after it.”

The Bruins (17-2-1) seized the program’s second 4A crown in three years by doing exactly that, imposing their style of play and turning in a gem of a performance to defeat Urbana.

Junior MaKenna Dean scored two second-half goals in a span of four minutes, turning a scoreless tie into a 2-0 Broadneck lead, each time running onto a long pass forward, getting behind the goalie and finishing.

Urbana pulled a goal back late in the contest, but the Bruins’ physicality, scoring prowess and defensive organization was too much to overcome in a 2-1 win.

Junior Talia Gabarra assisted on Dean’s second goal and said the Bruins, who lost to Urbana 2-0 on September 2 in the second game of the season, said the players knew they had a championship performance in them.

“Going into it we knew it was going to be a hard game, and Urbana is an awesome team. We knew that from seeing them early in the season,” said Gabarra.

“But we also knew that we had grown enormously from that game. It took grit and heart, and it was all of us together.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Broadneck girls soccer vs. Urbana, 4A state championship, 11.18.17

Grit, heart and near-flawless execution against one of the state’s best in Urbana, the 3A champion in 2016. The Hawks entered the contest having allowed only three goals all fall and unbeaten in 18 games this year and due largely to their fearsome forward trio of Caitlin Shepherd (22 goals, eight assists), Abbey Burdette (15 goals, 11 assists) and sophomore striker Brianna Skidmore (11 goals).

But the Bruins had the power to match. Senior midfielder Jenna Buto patrolled the middle of the field with merciless efficiency, winning every 50-50 ball and head ball in her area. She fronted a defensive unit of Emily York, Emily Schweitzer and Caleigh Fletcher, who teamed to limit Urbana’s prolific attackers. York switched from her natural center back position to shadow Burdette after the game’s first 20 minutes, and Lela Clark dropped from the midfield to relentlessly mark Shepherd. The midfield corps of Buto, Clark, Mia Camm, Lily Kluckhuhn, Mara Buto, Anna Moyer, Ellie Shurman, Annika Marquez, Torie Brown and Tobin Chambers fortified the effort, constricting Urbana’s play and sparking the Broadneck attack. Camm (11 assists this season), Jenna Buto, Clark, Gabarra and Dean had the midfield/forward combination of speed, fitness, precision passing and physicality to bend the game in their favor and create chances offensively.

Buto’s forceful header of an Urbana clearance in the 62nd minute was sent back toward the Hawks’ goal, where Dean charged ahead to put the Bruins up 1-0.

“We knew we had to win all the balls coming into the back,” said Jenna Buto. “[York, Schweitzer and Fletcher] are so fast and strong. I trusted them, and I think everyone did, that they were going to get every through ball in their area. [In the midfield] we were just trying to win the ball first and then get it up the field for the rest of the team.”

Shortly after Buto’s header and Dean’s opening score, Gabarra found Dean with a signature incisive pass around the defense, down the right side of the field. Dean again got around the keeper and finished for her 16th goal of the year, tied with Buto for most on the team and giving Gabarra her team-leading 15th assist.

“It was unreal for me but unreal for the entire team too, because the entire team worked to get those goals,” said Dean of her two-goal state final. “We were attacking from the start. We came out with a lot of energy and kept it up the entire game, so we felt like we were in it the entire time.”

Dean’s second score was the Bruins 83rd goal of the season.

Even when Shepherd managed to find Skidmore, who curled a brilliant shot into the far side netting from the right edge of the box with 10 minutes remaining, it was an outlier moment on a night when Urbana was kept out of sorts. Broadneck goalie Sam Hoffman, an emergency call-up from JV after an injury to starter Maija Schwartz, answered the bell in playoff wins over Severna Park, Roosevelt and Urbana following Broadneck’s 4-2, come-from-behind victory over Leonardtown in which Schwartz suffered her injury.

Hoffman had one save to anchor the Bruins’ sterling defensive output.

Bruins assistant coach Mike Malone praised the season-long leadership of seniors Jenna Buto, York and Jennie Murphy, and coach Camm said the team asserted its identity in the victory and throughout its championship season.

“Most of all with this group, they stayed disciplined, stayed focused,” he said. “When things weren’t quite going our way early on [in the season], nobody put their head down, nobody was pouting about playing time…From day one, everybody was buying in to what we were doing, everybody was focused, everybody wanted to get back to this spot. All credit to them.”

Coach Camm also commended Urbana’s coaches and players and said one factor in the Bruins’ success is the support it receives from the school and athletic administration, which promotes a “no excuses” approach to overcoming obstacles, fostered by athletic director Ken Kazmarek.

Mia Camm, part of Broadneck’s junior class that now has two titles, this year and the 2015 title they helped Broadneck win as freshmen, said the common mentality on both championship teams was unmistakable.

“We’ve worked so hard for this this year,” Mia Camm said. “You can just tell, two years ago and this year, we just had the mindset to get here, and I think we all knew we were going to.”

The 2017 4A state champion Broadneck girls soccer players are MaKenna Dean, Talia Gabarra, Jenna Buto, Emily York, Emily Schweitzer, Caleigh Fletcher, Lela Clark, Mia Camm, Lily Kluckhuhn, Mara Buto, Anna Moyer, Ellie Shurman, Annika Marquez, Torie Brown, Tobin Chambers, Sam Hoffman, Maija Schwartz, Jennie Murphy, Skylar Flewellyn, Alexis Keatin, Grace Gibbs, Miekel Owens, Abbi Kerr, Masane Stimely, and Payton Erbe. They are coaches by John Camm, Mike Malone, Jacob Boyle and Anne McNulty.

PHOTO GALLERY: Broadneck girls soccer vs. Urbana, 4A state championship, 11.18.17

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