The boys soccer matchup last night between Severna Park and No. 10 Broadneck was typical for the archrivals, filled with hard tackles, creative chances and drama to the final whistle.
The Falcons and Bruins traded goals two minutes apart in the second half, and then J.D. Kershaw knocked in the winning goal off a Broadneck defender 1:20 into the second overtime to give visiting Severna Park a 2-1 victory. The teams could meet again for the Anne Arundel County title and again in the Class 4A East playoffs.
"I just got down to the corner and tried to cross it," Kershaw said. "Their defender tried to knock it out, but it wound up in their own goal. It's good to come out with a win."
After a scoreless first half, Broadneck (6-2, 5-1 county) scored in the 54th minute when Alex Workman threaded a pass to Tyler Fernandez, who advanced into the penalty area and drilled the ball inside the near post. However, Severna Park (5-1, 5-1) quickly tied it when Joe Kerrigan dribbled across the end line and hooked the ball inside the near post.
"It was a fun game to be a part of, for sure," said Severna Park's first-year coach, Roy Dunshee. "I knew it was going to be an adrenaline-filled game, and it was. I knew it was not going to be real pretty soccer because the boys were too amped."
Colin Lay had a chance to give Severna Park the lead in the 66th minute, but his low shot from 8 yards out was stopped by Bruins goalkeeper J.T. Sackett.
In the first overtime, Severna Park's Geoff Saunders tried to score as he was falling backward from about 8 yards out, but Sackett made a diving save.
In the second overtime, Kershaw controlled a long pass and then knocked in the game-winner off Henry DuPont.