Boys’ soccer: Broad Run uses its ‘turning point’ wisely

April 23, 2014

Broad Run Coach Jon Hicks didn’t have to say much to his players ahead of Tuesday night’s showdown against undefeated Tuscarora (Va.), which entered the game as the area’s second-ranked team after demolishing the first half of its schedule this fall. Instead of trying to amp his kids up, Hicks simply told them that this was a “turning point” to the season. Either the Spartans could lose a step and fall back in the Virginia Conference 14 play, or it pivot forward and make a serious late season push.

Broad Run chose the latter. The Spartans put together their best performance of the season in a convincing 3-0 win over the Huskies, which had given up just two goals all season long.

The Spartans (8-1) got two goals from talented junior Sammy Sergi and another from striker Abu Koroma, whose fourth goal of the season came with about a minute left in the first half on an assist from Karim Zebdi to give Broad Run a 2-0 halftime lead. Sergi, who gave his team a quick lead on a penalty kick in the first half, added a header with about 20 minutes left to make it 3-0.

“We just wanted to earn the respect…we know we’re a good team,” Sergi said. “We just wanted to get after it.”

It was the third straight win for Broad Run, which has scored 12 goals in that span and has 32 goals overall this season.

The Spartans have done it with one of the deepest squads in Loudoun County, boasting 12 seniors and a handful of returning starters from last season. Hicks rotated 20 players onto the field Tuesday, a trend he’s practiced all season to “raise the competitive spirit” of the roster. Broad Run still has plenty of marquee games left on the schedule – including a game against No. 4 Briar Woods next week and a rematch with Tuscarora (Va.) in early May.

“It was our second game of the district, and they’re supposedly the team to beat,” Sergi said. “We went up for it and got what we wanted.”

Tuscarora’s Resendiz steps up

Although his team lost for the first time all season Tuesday night, Tuscarora senior forward Edgar Resendiz has blossomed offensively this season after being moved up from center back to an attacking role this spring, and he’s had to do it while the team’s star forward and his cousin, Sergio Resendiz sits out due to injury.

Resendiz has scored a team-high six goals and added an assist for the Huskies (7-1), who were shut out for just the second time in two seasons against Broad Run.

Tuscarora (Va.) should still be in position to make a postseason run in May. The Huskies have been one of the area’s most productive sides this spring, having given up just two goals entering Tuesday’s game against the Spartans while scoring 24 goals in its first seven games.

“I like that role of creating of chances,” Edgar Resendiz said of playing as an attacker. “We’eve been pretty good this year. A lot of players have stepped up.”

Much of that has been due to the renewed offensive game of Edgar Resendiz, who has posted two multi-goal games. He scored twice with four assists as a junior, taking largely a reserved role offensively while All-Met Angel Ceron-Garcia and Sergio Resendiz combined for 33 goals and 13 assists. Sergio Resendiz is expected to be back in the lineup in the coming weeks, Tuscarora (Va.) Coach Dave Gryder said.

“We’ve been playing since we’re little kids. We have good chemistry,” Edgar Resendiz said of his cousin. “It’s kinda of hard for me to see him sit out.”

The Post Top 10

Oakton got a penalty kick goal from senior Jimmy Jameson to salvage a 1-1 tie with Lake Braddock Tuesday. . . . West Springfield showed no rust coming off spring break Monday, scoring five goals in a win over Westfield. . . . Noah Morgan scored two goals and Jordan Edwards provided the game-winning penalty kick goal with 10 minutes left to lift Forest Park to a 4-3 win over Stonewall Jackson. . . . Langley has won four of its last five, including a 4-0 victory over Madison.

1. Oakton (6-1-2) LW: 1

2. West Springfield (6-1) LW: 3

3. Yorktown (6-1-1) LW: 4

4. Briar Woods (5-0) LW: 6

5. T.C. Williams (7-0) LW: 7

6. Forest Park (6-1-1) LW: 9

7. Tuscarora (Va.) (7-1) LW: 2

8. Broad Run (7-1) LW: NR

9. Washington-Lee (6-0-2) LW: 10

10. Langley (4-1-2) LW: NR

Fell out: Chantilly (3-3) LW: 5, Battlefield (5-2-1) LW: 8

On the bubble: Annandale (6-1-1), Osbourn Park (4-2-2) Loudoun County (7-1)

Roman Stubbs covers the University of Maryland athletics for The Washington Post.
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