ROSWELL -- Bryson Dorsey may have been late to a Brookwood boys soccer team meeting on Wednesday.
However, after sitting out roughly 20 minutes of the first half of the Broncos' Class AAAAAA state playoff match against Roswell, the senior midfielder arrived just in time to give his team a spark.
Dorsey had a pair of assists, including setting up Samaan Williams' goal with more than 26 minutes to play that lifted Brookwood to a 3-2 win at Ray Manus Stadium.
"I'm not going to alter my rule, and (Dorsey) was late to pre-game," Brookwood coach Danny Klinect said after the No. 6 state-ranked Broncos (12-3-3) rallied from a halftime deficit to advance to meet second-ranked Centennial in a second-round game next week. "He came in (Wednesday), and he's our spark. He can do it all."
He definitely made an impact from the minute he entered Wednesday's game, especially on throw-ins, off which both of his assists came.
"In practice we just say if we keep our heads up, we'll come through," Dorsey said. "We practice (throw-ins) a lot. We really don't worry about the defense. We just all play together a lot, so we know how each other plays."
The action began to pick up about midway through what had been up to that time a pretty routine first half.
A foul deep in Brookwood territory led to a free kick from about 32 yards out on the right wing, which Cameron Duley sent into the penalty area.
The ball then deflected off a maze of bodies form both teams, including Joseph Fitton, and passed Brookwood goalkeeper Andy Harris as he came off his line. The ball bounced into the net before a Broncos defender could get back to clear it, putting Roswell up 1-0 with 21:14 left in the half.
But it took Brookwood less than a minute to get the equalizer, and it was Dorsey who ignited the play minutes after entering the match for the first time.
His throw-in from the right wing went into the penalty area, where Jordan Locke got to the high-bouncing ball just the left of the near posted and headed it back across the play and under the crossbar to pull the Broncos even at 1-1 at the 20:21 mark.
But less than six minutes later, Roswell cashed in another set piece opportunity to regain the lead.
Fitton charged into the penalty area and headed Duley's free kick from the left wing to put the Hornets back in front 2-1 with 14:29 left in the half.
"We've got to get better defending set pieces," Klinect said. "We gave up, in my opinion, two kind of soft goals that, if we clean up the first challenge (can be stopped).
"Give Roswell credit. They gave us a game, and I don't think a lot of people expected. Ultimately, this game is a weird game that can be cruel. And we played a hell of a second half."
That second-half charge began less than two minutes in after Alfredo Rivera was taken down just inside the penalty area.
The junior midfielder buried the ensuing penalty kick inside the near post to pull Brookwood even again at 2-2 with 38:21 remaining.
Harris then helped keep the game even by punching a dangerous shot by Duley out in the game's 51st minute, giving Dorsey a chance to make something happen off another throw-in about five minutes later.
This time, a long toss from the right wing deflected off several players before Williams corralled the loose ball, and the freshman finished the play for the goal that gave the Broncos their first lead of the game at 3-2 with 26:22 to play.
Harris then made a couple of key saves, and the Brookwood defense tightened up and limited Roswell's opportunities in the closing minutes to put the game away.
"I challenged them (after a 1-0 loss to Berkmar late last month)," Klinect said. "I told them, 'We really haven't been outplayed yet, even in the two games we lost in Region (8-AAAAAA).' I think we outshot both teams. It was just the focus. We were focused (Wednesday) night."