Severna Park forward Daniel Kwon has established himself as one of the premier strikers in the area with his ability to make effective runs off the ball and his deft finishing.
Kwon continued his magic Tuesday night against No. 11 Broadneck, scoring three goals to lead the No. 5 Falcons to a 3-2 victory in the Anne Arundel County boys soccer championship. Severna Park, which trailed twice in the game, improved to 12-0-2 and is playing some of its best soccer of the season heading into the Class 4A state playoffs.
"The first 25 minutes of the game was very shaky," said Kwon, a first-team All-Metro pick last season. "We're playing well together and possessing the ball better as a team. We had to dig deep today."
Severna Park entered the game as one of the most balanced teams in the state, having scored 35 goals and allowed just nine. The Falcons won the regular-season matchup against the Bruins, 1-0.
This time, Broadneck (10-4-1) struck first. Brendan Hertel took a through pass from Tyler Gabarra and slotted the ball inside the far post just four minutes into the game. Severna Park answered three minutes later when Kwon scored on a counter off a long pass from Miseker Wingate.
The teams battled evenly in the midfield, and each goalie was forced to come up with several crucial saves. But Broadneck took the lead when Ben Boone one-timed a cross from Nathan Saxon in the 24th minute.
Kwon tied the game off another pinpoint pass from Wingate in the 43rd minute. He struck again seven minutes later for the decisive 3-2 lead.
"Broadneck is a very well-coached team and they have great players," Severna Park coach Ryan Parisi said. "They came out fast, and our guys kind of responded to it."
Before the game, Broadneck coach Sean Tettemer said he expected a wide-open game, not the kind of low-scoring affair typical of the archrivals' games. His prediction came true, as the teams spent much of the game sending players forward to attack.
"I don't think we played well the first game," Tettermer said. "We were content to let them possess the ball. We made a real conscious effort to make sure we pressured the ball."Copyright © 2015, The Baltimore Sun