N. County rallies past Broadneck, 2-1

With his team losing by a goal and playing tentatively, North County boys soccer coach Steve Malone pulled his forward line off the field early in the second half for a brief lecture.

"We were trying to be too pretty," he said. "We've scored some beautiful goals this year, and we've gotten the feeling that if you don't score pretty, they don't count. I keep trying to tell them it isn't a diving competition. You don't get extra credit for degree of difficulty."


That said, junior forward Troy Hoskins returned to the game and carried his team into the Class 4A, Region IV final.

Hoskins scored twice, including at 5:38 into overtime, to rally the third-seeded Knights over second seed Broadneck, 2-1, in the regional semifinals at Chesapeake High.


North County (11-2) will meet fourth seed Old Mill, a 4-0 winner over top seed Severna Park in Saturday's final. Broadneck, under first-year coach Jon Braun, ends the year at 9-3-1.

Hoskins' first goal came with 11:30 remaining in regulation. Scott Lam took a shot from the left corner that rolled away from Broadneck keeper David Terry, and Hoskins was there for the follow.

Hoskins nearly ended the game early in overtime when he broke free one-on-one against Terry. But the senior goalie dived on the ball before Hoskins could get off a clean shot.

Soon after, Hoskins was given a second chance when he lofted a shot over Terry from about 10 yards out. The Knights' John Cosentino had taken a shot that deflected off a Broadneck defender, and Hoskins again was in the right place.

"They were just grub goals," Malone said. "They had their heads down in the dirt going after it."

Broadneck's goal came a little more than four minutes into the game, and it took four tries from Kevin Barry to make it happen.

It appeared that goal would be enough, until Hoskins (six goals, five assists) turned around the game.