Scoreless draws normally leave both sides feeling a little empty. Neither side suffered a loss, but neither side hit the back of the net, either.
Broadneck and Severna Park both had that dissatisfied look after 100 minutes of action in girls soccer Thursday produced no goals.
“I am definitely happy with the result, with the quality of team we played against,” Broadneck coach John Camm said. “We had several good chances tonight, and they had a couple as well. That is just the way it goes sometimes.”
Severna Park (7-1-2) pushed the play early in the first half, especially after the Bruins’ Talia Gabarra went out for a while. She was not on the sidelines long, and Broadneck began asserting itself physically.
“We got caught up playing their game a little bit; we need to do a better job of bringing it back to what we do best,” Severna Park coach Brian Morgan said. “I thought we showed some guts and heart. It was good to have a game where that part of our team was tested, and I think we rose to the challenge.”
In the ninth minute, Broadneck’s Jenna Buto sent a header high off the bar, and teammate Makenna Dean followed a couple minutes later with a cross across the mouth of the goal that had no finisher on the back side. At the end of the half, Buto had another header opportunity off a set piece, but her attempt again went high.
“We had a couple of really good chances. We had a lot in the first half,” Camm said. “I think we kept the ball on the ground really well in the first half, and kept our composure. We got away from that a little bit in the second half.”
Broadneck goalkeeper Maija Schwartz came out strong on a ball early in the second half. She made three saves while the Falcons’ Katie Byrd had four stops. Severna Park’s leading scorer, Sarah Gellert, sent a scorcher from 35 yards just high in the 46th minute. Teammate Elizabeth Kiely was also high on an attempt in the 51st minute. The bulk of the second frame was played just outside the boxes, as both Severna Park and Broadneck’s defenses did a good job limiting touches and looks within striking range.
“We had to make a few adjustments to try and bring up the intensity, and we did that in the second half,” Morgan said. “We had a couple of decent looks that we need to finish. That is the fun part about all this. Who is going to be the one that steps up?”
The Falcons’ best chance in regulation came in the 57th minute, when Rachel Spilker sent a nice cross beyond the back post to Gellert, but the senior’s header went wide left.
Severna Park had the better opportunities in the first overtime. Gellert went high on a chance three minutes in, and Toni Fiocco-Mizer almost finished the game with a far post shot that agonizingly went wide in the last seconds.
“It seemed like the longest ball of the night,” Morgan said. “That was one of those chances where it would have been nice when it went in.”
The Bruins returned the favor in the final 10 minutes of play. Gabarra sent a shot to the upper left corner a minute into the second overtime that Byrd just tipped wide. Caleigh Fletcher took a chance five minutes later with a long-range shot that took a weird little bounce under Byrd, who corralled it. The last opportunity of the game came with 2 minutes, 45 seconds to play, when Gabarra found Dean free on the left side, but the junior’s attempt went right at Byrd.
“We got a lot out of this game,” Camm said. “Two years ago, down the stretch, we played two games where we did not score a goal, and we were fine. It will come. The girls just need to keep their confidence.”
Fletcher, Buto, Emily York, Lela Clark and Emily Schweitzer were solid on defense all night for Broadneck, while Kiersten Crowley, Abby McGuire and Kailyn McCulloch did an equally admirable job on the Falcons’ defensive side, especially after losing Shelby Chasser to an injury earlier in the contest.
“I was very impressed with the back four. We had to make some adjustments due to injuries and the girls stepped up big time,” Morgan said. “We were under quite a bit of pressure, and we handled it well. Katie has made some really quality saves and she is a rock back there.”
Severna Park 0, Broadneck 0
Saves: SP — Byrd 4; BN — Schwartz 3.