The highly-anticipated girls soccer game between No. 2 Broadneck and No. 3 Arundel had two nifty goals, hard work from both sides and emotional high and lows.
One thing it didn't have was a winner. The visiting Bruins scored early in the first half, and then the Wildcats answered with a goal early in the second half before surviving Broadneck's push in overtime as 100 minutes of soccer concluded with a 1-1 draw.
The result did guarantee that the teams will meet again in the Anne Arundel County championship game set for 5 p.m. Tuesday at Northeast. The Wildcats (12-1-1) clinched the second spot by finishing with a 8-1-1 county mark. Broadneck, now 12-0-1 and 9-0-1 in league play, lost its bid for an undefeated season, but coach John Camm was far from disappinted.
"We played about 14 or 15 kids, and 11 or 12 probably played 95-96 minutes, and they were going as strong at the end as the beginning," he said. "So [I was] very pleased with the effort, we did what we needed to do to come out with the tie, it makes us the [regular season] county champions and we'll turn around and play them next week."
The Bruins struck first when Bri Harris got higher than everybody else in front to pound home a header off a corner kick sent in by Ellie McNulty in the game's sixth minute.
The visitors controled the midfield in the first 30 minutes, but Arundel's defense, led by sweeper Jenna Surdick, kept the score the same.
A late first half surge by the Wildcats continued early in the second half, culminating with Alissa Marr's tying goal, which came after Marr got inside a defender and took a pass from Clarissa Kirsch-Downs with 28:38 to play.
Still tied after 80 minutes, the Bruins pressed through 20 minutes of overtime, but couldn't finish off any chances. Corner kicks and long throws sent in by Hailey Small provided opportunities, but the Wildcats were able to get in the way anc quickly clear the ball each time.
McNulty nearly ended the game late in the first 10-minute overtime when she made a strong run with the ball, but her final touch was just far enough away for Arundel goalie Tiffany Dayton-Hegedus (five saves) to come off her line and smother it.
"They did a nice job defending [the corner kicks and long throws]. There were bodies everywhere," Camm said. "I was pleased with our efforts trying to get on the balls, but every time we got a clear shot it seemed like someone was sticking a leg in and deflecting."
Arundel coach Laura Coe was quick to credit the Bruins, who got strong play from midfielders Madison McDaniel and Anya Fisher to limit the Wildcats' time on the ball. She added that the emotions of Senior Night — the Wildcats have 10 seniors — might have added to the team's inability to play its typical possession game. The Wildcats are looking forward to another chance against the Bruins next week.
"I think that the girls are going to be much more poised and calm as a team now that they've been exposed to them," Coe said, "so I think we'll see a big difference."
No. 2 Broadbeck 1, No. 3 Arundel 1 (2OT)
Goals: B -- Harris; A -- Marr
Assists: B – McNulty; A – Kirsch-Downs
Saves: B – Salvas 1; A Dayton-Hegedus 5.
Half: B, 1-0.