The star players scored dazzling goals. The goalies also had their big moments. And the level of play from both the Broadneck and Severna Park boys soccer teams on Tuesday was worthy of the Anne Arundel County championship game.
The only thing missing was a winner.
After Broadneck and Severna Park played to a 1-1 tie through regulation, inclement weather came in the opening minute of overtime. After a brief delay, the decision was made to cancel the remaining overtime and the No. 6 Bruins and No. 7 Falcons were declared co-county champions at Broadneck.
Broadneck senior Tyler Gabarra opened the scoring 10 minutes into play and Severna Park senior Daniel Kwon provided the equalizer with 16 minutes left in the first half. Aside from the 2013 All Metro players' scores, however, solid defense beat quality scoring chances the rest of the way.
Broadneck went to 11-2-2 on the season and defending Class 4A state champion Severna Park is now 11-1-3.
"It was a really competitive game with both sides playing well," Broadneck coach Sean Tettemer said. "We were able to compete with them and we'll take it as a positive. We still have some things we can work on, but we're satisifed. We all agreed we made the safe and smart decision [to cancel the remaining overtime]."
On Oct. 2, Broadneck came away with a 2-1 win over Severna Park in the regular season that ended the Falcons' 27-game unbeaten streak.
And just like that game, the Bruins got an early goal on Tuesday when Gabarra made a strong run with the ball down the right side before cutting into the middle and finding the inside post from 16 yards away.
Midway through the first half, Kwon had his first chance to tie when he made a quick turn and shot from 18 yards. Broadneck goalie Stephen Belt fully extended to make a diving save.
But two minutes later — with 16:22 remaining in the half — Kwon made a brilliant run on the right side and finished on a through ball from junior forward Miseker Wingate to get the Falcons even.
Both teams had a number quality scoring chances the rest of the way, but Belt (six saves) and Severna Park goalie William Wishart (three saves) had answers and some occassional help.
With 20 minutes left in the second half, Gabarra shot past a drawn out Wishart, but Falcons midfielder Daniel Reise cleared the ball off the line. And with 5:55 left, the Falcons had an opportunity sent off the line by Bruins defender Patrick Mahan.
"It's always a great game with these two teams and this is what you expect," Severna Park coach Ryan Parisi said. "Both have great players that step up when the lights are brightest."
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The Anne Arundel County girls soccer championship game between No. 7 South River and No. 6 Arundel was scheduled to begin after the boys game at Broadneck, but was postponed until Wednesday at 6 p.m. due to lightning and steady rain.