Alex Miller made sure the Severna Park field hockey team got rewarded for its effort.
Despite dominating the game statistically, the Falcons needed a goal from Miller early in the second half to tie the game and another in overtime and pulled out a 2-1 victory over Broadneck on Thursday at Kinder Farm Park.
Miller’s game-winner came seven minutes into overtime off the second assist of the game from Rachel Lewis.
“We just take opportunities when we have them, and we’re really working on finishing this year,” Miller said. “I was just thinking of the next step and where I was going with it.”
The overtime goal came off a restart following a break for an injury. Lewis sent an aerial pass that Miller caught up to and knocked in the cage to give the Falcons their 11th straight victory.
The Falcons outshot the Bruins 18-2 and attempted 17 penalty corners to just two for the Bruins. They had several other quality chances to score during the game, but were either the victim of timely defensive saves by the Bruins or one of goalie Peri Long’s 13 saves.
“This is the way the season has been. We’ve had a lot of shots, but not necessarily a lot of goals,” Severna Park coach Ann Andrews said. “We’re keeping the ball in the offensive end a lot, so we just need to hope that we can finish.”
Broadneck (5-3-1) weathered an early Severna Park storm, which included four penalty corners in the first 10 minutes. The Falcons appeared as though they were going to take the early lead, but as Megan Brannen’s drive off a penalty corner got behind Long, Caroline Keniston was on the goal line and made a defensive save and kept the game scoreless.
The Bruins had just two penalty corners, but took the lead on their first when Sammy Dupcak scored off an assist from Emily Eckels with 8:18 left in the first half. The Falcons had a few more chances to tie the game before the half, but the Bruins got another defensive save — this time from Chloe Mayhew — and went into halftime with the one-goal lead.
“We were too defensive,” Broadneck coach Jen Plack said. “I think we needed to be attacking more.”
Severna Park (11-0) finally got on the board with Miller’s first goal six minutes into the second half. After Lewis’ initial shot was stopped, Miller put the rebound in to tie the game at 1.
The Falcons continued to carry the play throughout the second half and overtime and didn’t allow another Broadneck shot before Miller scored her second to end the game exactly seven minutes into the first overtime.
“I thought we played a great first half. Second half, I thought we played on our heels,” Plack said. “We played like we were up 1-0. We told them we needed to play like it was 0-0 and that we needed to score.”
Severna Park, which gave up a goal for the first time in three games, is 5-0 in the county with county games next week with Chesapeake and North County followed by a likely berth in the county championship game on Oct. 19.
“One of our goals was to stay calm. When we start playing frantic, we don’t play well. When we play calm and controlled, we execute much better hockey,” Andrews said. “We have amazing players, and it’s amazing players who like each other, and that makes a difference.”
Severna Park 2, Broadneck 1 (OT)
Goals: BN — Dupcak; SP — Miller 2.
Assists: BN — Eckels; SP — Lewis 2
Saves: BN — Long 13; SP — Nutter 0.
Half: BN, 1-0