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    Broadneck's Luke Boone fired a shot during the Bruins' game against Annapolis on September 25.

Youth Is No Excuse For Broadneck Boys

Colin Murphy
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October 2, 2017

It’s a safe bet that nobody is expecting much out of the Broadneck boys soccer team this season.

How could they? On one hand, a varsity soccer roster with six sophomores, three freshmen and only one senior suggests a likely developmental year playing in a county as fierce as Anne Arundel.

On the other hand, the Bruins have gone 4-2-2 overall and 3-1-1 in county play through the end of September.

The Bruins possess youth and potential, but also the ability to compete right now.

“We’re trying to develop the mentality of, ‘Just go out there and play,’” said Broadneck head coach Sean Tettemer. “You can see our inexperience at times when we don’t connect on a pass, or we have a great build-up and miss the last connecting pass, but we’re trying to remain even and understand that some of this is a learning curve. There are going to be some really great moments, and there are going to be times when we need to improve.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Broadneck boys soccer vs. Annapolis, 9.25.17

Broadneck’s let-it-rip mentality — as well as its learning curve — were on display in a September 25 road matchup with Annapolis, when the Bruins played every restart quickly, taking advantage of the Panthers’ insistence of coming to a halt on every whistle. The savvy tactic paid dividends just 30 seconds into the game when junior Louie Kerdock quickly played a corner instead of waiting for his team to pile into the box. His cross whipped across the front of the net to junior Tyler Madairy, who finished to give Broadneck a 1-0 lead.

Then there was the flip side. Annapolis tied the game in the second half, and though Broadneck had the majority of the scoring chances, they couldn’t finish them en route to a 1-1 tie.

It was the kind of result that shows both sides of having a young team.

“We’ve played a lot of tight games already, and we’ve had some success. Today was really no different, we just weren’t able to finish,” said Tettemer following the tie with Annapolis. “We played hard and did some good things. We’re definitely getting better. Today was a bit of improvement for us, and the hope is to just to improve each game.”

With fullbacks John Robillard, Aaron Lawrence, Reilly Joyce and Joey Orofino, along with goalkeeper John Vaaler, the team has been able to defend well enough to stay in every game. Midfielders Madairy, Kerdock, Bryce Costello, Kyle Waggoner and Luke Boone have supported the scoring of forwards Sebastian Radovic and Ethan Romito, who have powered the team to a series of strong wins.

Broadneck came from 2-3 down at halftime to defeat Old Mill 5-3 on September 19, getting two goals by Costello and one each by Madairy, Romito and Kerdock, assists by Madairy, Radovic and Romito and five saves by Vaaler. On September 22, the Bruins came from 1-2 down at halftime to get an all-important overtime win in a 3-2 victory over Arundel. Romito, Kerdock and Waggoner were the goal-scorers as Kerdock and Boone notched assists.

The Arundel win was the kind of confidence-booster every team benefits from.

“[Arundel] was one of the tight games that we were in, and we got a break at the end, which was tremendous for them, and they deserved [it]. They worked hard for it,” said Tettemer.

A 2-1 defeat to South River is the Bruins’ lone county loss, but the Bruins also have wins over Bowie and Southern, the latter of which they defeated 2-0 on September 28 on goals by Kerdock and Rodovic.

With Severna Park coming to campus on October 5 and the likes of Meade and Chesapeake still on the schedule, life won’t get easier, but Tettemer likes the growth his group is showing as they continue to compete in the here and now.

“As long as we continue to compete and work hard, we’re going to keep going, keep working hard, be consistent,” he said. “I don’t know if we go in not having high expectations — we all have high expectations still — but we also know that the important thing is that we continue to develop and improve each game.”

PHOTO GALLERY: Broadneck boys soccer vs. Annapolis, 9.25.17

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