Bru­ins do ev­ery­thing but win, fall­ing to Whit­man

The Capital - - SPORTS - By Brian Bur­den bbur­den@balt­ WALT WHIT­MAN 1, BROAD­NECK 0

UP­PER MARL­BORO —With just un­der three min­utes to play in the sec­ond over­time, Broad­neck’s John Vaaler made yet an­other out­stand­ing save, deny­ing Walt Whit­man a win­ning goal. He and his team­mates had hung with and ag­gra­vated the Vik­ings for nearly 100 min­utes, and penalty kicks would be the de­cid­ing mar­gin for a tremen­dously played game by both sides.

Un­for­tu­nately, Vaaler and the Bru­ins were slightly on the short end, fall­ing to Whit­man in penalty kicks, 4-3, af­ter a score­less reg­u­la­tion and over­time on Satur­day.

“I thought that Broad­neck played a per­fect game,” Whit­man coach Dave Greene said. “They did ab­so­lutely ev­ery­thing to get the game to where it was penalty kicks. Their goal­keeper came up big when he had to. It was a great game.”

It was the kind of score­less draw that soc­cer fans ap­pre­ci­ate. The pace was re­lent­less, op­por­tu­ni­ties were abun­dant and big de­fen­sive stops were aplenty.

“We faced an out­stand­ing Whit­man team that had the run of play for long stretches, but I thought we hung in there and I thought we con­trolled the game at times, es­pe­cially in the first half, where we gen­er­ated some scor­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties,” Broad­neck coach Sean Tet­te­mer said. “We had a great game­plan that we fol­lowed very well.”

Broad­neck (16-3) did have mul­ti­ple chances in the first half. Its best came with just un­der four min­utes to play when Tyler Madairy’s shot was stopped by Whit­man’s Sam Nord­heimer. Three min­utes later, a cross barely eluded Joey Orofino’s head in the box. Mean­while, Zain Memon missed out on a doorstep header for the Vik­ings (15-1) in the 18th minute, Whit­man’s best op­por­tu­nity in the first 40 min­utes. Broad-

neck's de­fense kept a pow­er­ful Whit­man of­fense from se­ri­ously threat­en­ing in the fi­nal third most of the night, de­spite gain­ing more and more pos­ses­sion as the con­test wore on.

In ad­di­tion to Vaaler's work in goal, Aaron Lawrence, Orofino, Madairy, Reilly Joyce and oth­ers had one of the best com­pre­hen­sive per­for­mances in their var­sity ca­reers.

“You can't sin­gle out one per­for­mance; they were tremen­dous as a group at the back,” Tet­te­mer said. “Our two hold­ing mid­field­ers did a great job sup­port­ing them as well, and they were play­ing against guys who are well-ac­com­plished play­ers. We wanted to come out and match their level of phys­i­cal play and then be sound de­fen­sively.”

Roughly 10 min­utes into the sec­ond half, Whit­man be­gan press­ing the game up a notch, and con­trol­ling play more. The Vik­ings ac­tu­ally scored in the 53rd minute, but were called off­side on the se­quence. Vaaler had to come off the line twice in suc­ces­sion to clear Whit­man chances. Ryan Machado-Jones could not fin­ish on the doorstep against Vaaler in the 57th and Nathan Rosen's

at­tempt went just wide in the 68th minute.

“I felt like we did some very good things, and then I felt like we played into their hands a lit­tle bit,” Greene said. “I thought we had some mo­ments of bril­liance where we just did not fin­ish. We were break­ing them down a bit be­cause we were com­bin­ing a bit more and not try­ing to do so much in­di­vid­u­ally. I thought we won the game there at the end of over­time, but their kid made an un­be­liev­able save.”

Vaaler made a cou­ple ad­di­tional saves in the two over­times. When penalty kicks came, Broad­neck went first and missed. Rosen, An­drew Gold­sholle and Thomas Mande made the first three Whit­man at­tempts. Louie Ker­dock, Madairy and Ethan Loftis made at­tempts 2-through-4 for the Bru­ins, and then Machado-Jones went high for the Vik­ings. Ev­ery­thing was even go­ing to the fifth round, but Broad­neck was stopped by Nord­heimer. Memon calmly stepped to the spot and con­verted, send­ing Whit­man to the state fi­nal to play Ur­bana.

“Our guys were phe­nom­e­nal tonight,” Tet­te­mer said. “We did not back down and I never had to worry about these guys be­ing ready to play. This group was al­ways ready to com­pete.”

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