Meade beats Broadneck, will play for county championship

In the first 25 minutes of Thursday night’s regular season finale between Broadneck and Meade, the Bruins came out swinging, pressuring not-stop, resulting in goals by Joey Orofino, Kyle Waggoner and Louie Kerdock. Trailing by two, Meade responded like a team that wants to go deep in the postseason.

Keelan Fedison had a hat trick, Tosin Ayokunle scored twice and the Mustangs scored five goals in the last 48 minutes of the game to defeat the visiting Bruins, 6-4.

Meade (13-1, 10-1 Anne Arundel County) will play Severna Park in the county championship game Tuesday night at Broadneck High School at 7 p.m. It is the second straight year the two teams have faced each other. For a while there, it looked like the Mustangs were already getting ready for that game.

“The first 25 minutes, they were really putting it to us,” Fedison said. “We could not find our footing in the first few minutes. They were a high pressure team and all of that. We just needed to find where the momentum was.”

The Bruins (6-5-3, 5-4-3) put Meade on its heels early thanks to its success off set pieces as well. That put the Mustangs in a 2-goal deficit, a non-typical situation for a team that has allowed more than two goals in a game total just three times all season.

“Broadneck is a strong team and they came out strong,” Meade coach Mike Banach said. “We knew what kind of a match it would be since they are a physical team as well. Unfortunately, we gave up a couple of goals off set pieces early, but we were able to battle back with some set pieces of our own.”

After Fedison scored his second goal of the first half, Ayokunle evened the game at three in the 38th minute off a long cross. It was a crazy flurry of goals.

“We like how they brought the pressure to us and forced us to make quicker decisions,” Ayokunle said. “We kept moving and switching the field and getting crosses into the box, and we ended up scoring.”

Meade wasted no time taking the lead in the second half. After Broadneck’s Ethan Romito was just high on an attempt in the 42nd minute, Ayokunle finished three minutes later to give the Mustangs the lead. Five minutes later, Fedison got a long ball from Silas Baker on the right side and finished with a hard shot just inside the far post. With the hat trick, Fedison now has a team-leading 11 goals, while Ayokunle has six.

“Keelan is just so smooth all over the field, and Tosin has been developing into this role, and he is now more of a scorer.”

The crazy scoring pace continued as the Bruins scored a minute later, with Orofino tallying his second goal of the evening, heading in a pass from Romito.

“We need to be better on set pieces, but I thought we did a good job controlling the tempo in the second half,” Banach said. “We made some adjustments to get a little bit of possession and some adjustments in the attacking third. I just think we have a similar style of play, and it led to an explosive match.”

Graham Bussink scored on a long-range attempt with just under 16 minutes to play to secure Meade’s eighth straight victory. They move on to face the Falcons, the only team to get the better of them this season in a 2-1 overtime victory last month.

“We really want to have some momentum going into the playoffs, so we are going to get ready to play and play Tuesday night the best we can,” Ayokunle said.

Meade 6, Broadneck 4

Goals: BN — Orofino 2, Waggoner, Kerdock; ME — Fedison 3, Ayokunle 2, Bussink.

Assists: BN — Kerdock 2, Wolod, Romito; ME — Baker 3, Trejo 2, Ortiz.

Saves: BN – Vaaler 6, Hill 3; ME – Steele 5.

Half: Tied, 3-3.

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