No. 4 Broadneck likes to set the tone each game by swarming to every loose ball and pressuring an opponent all over the field.
The Bruins used that strategy perfectly yesterday for a 2-1 soccer victory over No. 7 Arundel, the defending Anne Arundel County champion.
Goals by Martin Jones and Josh Schwartz were all the Bruins needed as their stingy defense kept the Wildcats' forwards in check until the closing minutes.
"We have a long way to improve and, hopefully, we will get there," Broadneck coach Sean Tettemer said. "Arundel is going to get better each game, and they're going to be dangerous once the playoffs come around. We approach every game the same way. We don't get too up for somebody and we don't overlook anyone. Work rate is our No. 1 priority."
The Bruins (2-0-1) dominated play from the opening whistle, not allowing Arundel's offense to cross midfield in the opening 10 minutes of the game.
Broadneck scored its first goal seven minutes into the first half when Jones reached a loose ball at the top of the box and poked a shot that found the near corner of the net. The Bruins almost extended the lead nine minutes later when Alex Workman's shot from just inside the penalty area hit the far post and rolled wide of the goal.
"We knew they were going to come out hard, so we just kept up the pressure," Jones said. "We were also able to keep possession of the ball. Coach's motto is pressure and fitness will win the game. But we don't really care about wins and losses. What we do care about is team chemistry."
Arundel had trouble building its attack because of the way Broadneck dominated the midfield and tightly marked the Wildcats' forwards as they tried to find space to play the ball. Broadneck outshot Arundel 14-8 in the game.
Schwartz, a freshman, gave the Bruins a two-goal lead with 18:40 left in the game when his low shot from 20 yards bounced off an Arundel defender and into the net.
The Wildcats (1-1) made a bigger commitment to attack in the second half and were able to create several chances, with forward George Tailey making some nice runs as the main target.
They finally got on the board with 2:48 left when Andreas Zuluaga took a pass from Mike Kovac at the top of the penalty area and fired in a shot from 12 yards.
"They are a typical Broadneck team, which is always very fast," Arundel coach Nick Jauschnegg said. "They play really well as a unit. They double-team and triple-team a lot, and they were just so much faster than us."
No. 1 McDonogh 2, Loch Raven 0 -- Chris Agorsor scored his ninth goal of the season to lead the Eagles (8-1-1) over the visiting Raiders (3-2-1). Jeremy Kirkwood added a goal and goalie Tommy Caso recorded his ninth shutout for McDonogh.
No. 2 Archbishop Curley 1, Archbishop Spalding 0 -- With 20 minutes left in the game, Mikias Teketele (eight goals for the season) scored a goal assisted by Chris Weaver (three assists) to break a scoreless tie. The Friars are 9-0-1 overall; the Cavaliers fell to 1-3-1.
No. 2 McDonogh 1, No. 11 Institute of Notre Dame 0 -- In a tightly contested game, Colby Rhea scored the game-winner with 15 minutes left as the Eagles (5-3-2) beat the visiting Indians. Rhea's goal was assisted by GiGi Mangione.
No. 9 Dulaney d. No. 7 Catonsville -- Maria DiPietro had eight kills and five aces as the Lions (2-1) came from behind to defeat the visiting Comets. Dulaney won the first set, but lost the next two (18-25, 8-25). However, the Lions, behind DiPietro, rallied to win the final two sets, 25-18 and 15-10.
Staff reports contributed to this article.