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Severna Park prevails over Broadneck in shootout

Rivals Severna Park and host Broadneck stayed focused on keeping eight or nine players behind the ball in Tuesday night's Class 4A East regional final, as neither team wanted their season to end because of a defensive lapse or miscue.

The tight defense led to 100 minutes of scoreless soccer, forcing penalty kicks to decide the winner. In the shootout, the 10th-ranked Falcons scored on all five of their attempts and goalie Brent Jones came up with a big stop to win the shootout, 5-3.

"Once again, we come up against Broadneck and we knew they were going to be a difficult opponent," Severna Park coach Roy Dunshee said. "We know their well-coached and they are incredibly aggressive. The maturity of our players, especially with our seniors, has really shown through."

No. 11 Broadneck (13-4) created more scoring opportunities in the first half, but the Falcons crowded the penalty area to keep shots away from the goal. Evan Camm nearly put the Bruins ahead four minutes into the second half, but his shot from 18 yards caromed off the inside of the post.

The Falcons (14-2-2) put together several effective counter-attacks, but the Bruins were able to run down the ball. Severna Park also created several chances off corners from Jared Fenton. Severna Park had the better end of play in the second overtime, but neither team could convert.

Elliot Belchatovski, Fenton, Michael Utz, Billy Zito and Genya Meharg scored for Severna Park in the shootout. Ben Campbell, Joe Gruber and Corey Johnson scored for the Bruins.

"It is just so unbelievable and amazing," said Meharg, who scored the game-winner on the fifth shot. "I am just so happy. I just stepped up and pretended it was like practice."

The Falcons won the regular-season contest, 2-1, in double overtime.

"It was just two teams that know each other very well, competing for the highest prize in our area," Broadneck coach Sean Tettemer said. "Hats off to Severna Park."

Saves: S-Jones 4; B- Niedermeier 7. Half: 0-0

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