Last year, the Arundel girls soccer team rolled through the regular season undefeated and then South River had the final say, beating the Wildcats in the Anne Arundel County championship game and then again in the Class 4A East regional title game on its way to the state championship.
Both teams have most of their starters back, which would lead almost everybody to believe it would be a two-horse race in the county this season.
On Monday night, Broadneck said not so fast.
Trailing, 2-0, against South River, the Bruins rallied for a 3-2 win that sets the tone for themselves and the county. Broadneck coach John Camm has preached to his players how important it was to stay focused throughout a game and maintain a fast pace with high presssure.
When sophomore Bri Harris volleyed home the game-winner off a corner kick with four minutes to play, the Bruins created proof of what can be accomplished when staying the course.
Arundel is ranked No. 2 in The Baltimore Sun's Top 15 poll, South River entered the week at No. 4 and the Bruins came in No. 9, clearly showing how formidable Anne Arundel County is this season.
"Last night was probabaly the most athletic girls soccer game I’ve seen. Both teams played at a very fast pace, and there was not a lot of room in the middle of the field," Camm said. "This win shows there's a lot of balance at the top, and there's a lot of balance in the county. Any given night, any one can beat anyone."
The Bruins returned eight starters this season and also have two freshmen making an immediate impact in Maddie Bragaw and Hailey Small. Senior forward Ellie McNulty, who earned All-Metro second-team honors in 2012, leads the returning cast.
In addition to Arundel, South River and Broadneck, Severna Park and Chesapeake also appear capable of making a run in Anne Arundel County.
On Wednesday, South River will try to bounce back when it hosts Arundel at 5 p.m.