With 14 minutes 12 seconds remaining in yesterday's game and her team trailing No. 10 South River by two goals, Broadneck field hockey coach Melissa Quigley called a timeout and had a frank talk with her players.
"I don't want this to be a repeat of the regional finals last year, where they scored like five goals in two minutes," Quigley told them moments after South River had scored for the second time in a span of 2:30. "If you want to go any further, you have to beat South River. We haven't beaten South River since 2002."
Broadneck didn't end up a winner yesterday, but it's hard to argue that Quigley's motivational speech didn't work. Sophomore Brigitte Strother scored less than two minutes later and senior Lindsay Rawley notched the equalizer with 45 seconds left, allowing host Broadneck to claim a 2-2 tie against its Anne Arundel County foe.
The teams played a scoreless six-on-six overtime period and were set to play a second extra session when the referees called the game on account of darkness.
The tie sets up an interesting scenario for the county's top three teams. Broadneck (10-1-1 overall) is 9-0-1 in county play, South River (10-2-1) is 9-1-1, and second-ranked Severna Park is 9-1. Broadneck plays Severna Park tomorrow, and should the Bruins win, they would play for the county championship Monday against South River, keeping Severna Park out of the county title game for the first time in its 10-year history.
If Severna Park wins, Broadneck and South River would tie for second place. Both Quigley and Seahawks Coach Katie Corcoran were unsure how the county would break the tie to determine which team would play Severna Park on Monday.
South River had several scoring chances in the first half but could not get the ball past goalkeeper Alyssa Cranska (nine saves). Melissa Nelson and Abigail McNair scored for the Seahawks in the second half.