Sammy Sergi, Broad Run boys’ soccer rally for wild win over Tuscarora

Broad Run forward Sammy Sergi put his hands over his hand after his penalty kick was blocked in the opening minute of overtime in Friday night’s match against Tuscarora. But Sergi, who has emerged as the team’s offensive star this spring, collected himself and prepared for the ensuing corner kick.

That kind of poise is what has made No. 8 Broad Run so dangerous this season, and it boiled to the surface during the most nerve-wracking of times Friday night. Sergi muscled through a scrum of players to earn position, then nudged in the game-winning goal to lift Broad Run to a 4-3 win over No. 7 Tuscarora in a Virginia Conference 14 thriller in Leesburg.

Sergi scored two goals for Broad Run and fellow junior Karim Zebdi added a goal and assist for Broad Run (12-1, 6-0), which has won seven straight. Zebdi’s corner kick was perfectly placed for a first touch by Sergi in the opening minutes of overtime.

“I messed up, yeah, but I just thought I had to [score] for my team,” Sergi said of his game-winner. “I give it all to Karim. It was a great cross.”

It had been only two weeks since Broad Run dominated Tuscarora (10-1, 5-2) in their first-ever meeting. The Spartans followed up that 3-0 win with an equally impressive 4-2 victory over No. 4 Briar Woods earlier this week. Friday proved a much more difficult test. It featured a postseason intensity, with the Huskies stunning the Spartans with goals from Dermot McGee and Edgar Resendiz.

Broad Run, which entered the match having scored at least three goals in five of its last six matches, looked hungrier to the ball in the second half. Midfielder Joey Ditommaso trimmed the deficit to 2-1 with a goal in the 48th minute, and Sergi bullied his way to another goal after Tuscarora’s keeper misplayed a ball in the box with 15 minutes to play.

Just four minutes later, Zebdi was fouled and earned his own penalty kick to give the team the lead. He got an unexpected visitor right before the kick; it was Sergi, who placed his hands on Zebdi’s head and told him, “just imagine this is practice. Just imagine no one is here.”

Zebdi deposited his kick into the right corner, but Tuscarora was far from done. With just eight minutes left and his team down a goal, Resendiz did what he has done so many times during his senior season – he created his own shot. He weaved through Broad Run’s defense and nailed a 25-yard goal with his left foot to tie the game, prompting the stadium announcer shout his name in jubilation.

Resendiz nearly did it again in the final two minutes of regulation, earning a penalty kick after being tripped in the box. But his kick was rejected with a remarkable save by Spartans’ keeper Andrew Davies, who fully extended to his right to snatch the ball and send the match to overtime.

“He gave some body movements to show that he was going to go [right],” Davies said. “I don’t want to take credit for this at all. I mean I let in three, but my team scored four goals for me.”

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