Broadneck's girls soccer team would have preferred a victory in last night's contest with No. 7 Old Mill, but it would have gladly accepted a tie.
It got neither.
The unranked Bruins, who came into the game knowing they needed at least a tie to earn a berth in next week's Class 3A-4A South Region playoffs, went away with the knowledge that their season had come to an end with a 2-0 loss to the Patriots.
"We played like we've played all year," said Broadneck coach David Lord, after watching his team hand Gwynn Park of Prince George's County the final playoff berth. "We always play hard, we dominate much of the game, we get our chances and we just aren't able to score.
"My kids never quit, and they never will. It's just a shame that we're not going to go to the state playoffs and some of the other teams that we're just as good as are going."
Old Mill, which already had clinched a playoff spot in the 3A-4A East Region, scored the game-winner in the 32nd minute of the first half on an unassisted shot by senior forward Michelle Salmon.
A series of pushing violations by both teams kept the ball near midfield for a good portion of the first half, and it took Old Mill 14 minutes, 38 seconds to get off its first shot.
The Bruins had a chance to tie the score on a direct kick late in the first half, but Amy Adams' penalty kick was blocked by the four-man wall. Later in the game, Adams hit the crossbar on a penalty shot.
The Patriots took a 2-0 lead when Lisa Gallicchio drilled a shot past Broadneck goalkeeper Michelle Trudeau (six saves) with 19 minutes left in the game.
"We knew that they were going to give us their best shot and throw everything they had at us and they did," said Old Mill coach Bruce Sponsler, whose team had an 18-9 advantage in shots.
"We just tried to stay steady and concentrate on playing our game and playing hard defense. Dave Lord always puts a good team, and they deserve a lot of credit. It's been a tough year for Broadneck, but I have a lot respect for their program and I know they'll be back next year."
The Patriots' Jennifer Mazzola left the field by ambulance after suffering an injury in the 10th minute during a collision in front of the Old Mill goal.