Heritage kept the Caps on the defensive for much of the first half. Senior defender Jack Krueger cleared a dangerous ball out of the box about midway through the first half and keeper Trey Morton punched out a Heritage shot about six minutes later.
But the Caps settled down late in the half and started taking some of the attack to Heritage, with senior Matt Brickhouse forcing the Heritage keeper to make a save on a shot that was on goal.
|The scorers (left to right): Brandon Gettinger, |
Elvis Wiredu, Ike Drooz
Broughton stayed on the attack as the second half began, with Brickhouse shot again forcing the Heritage keeper to make a save. A little over 10 minutes into the half, Broughton capitalized on a corner kick when junior Elvis Wiredu tapped in a shot out of the scrum in front of the goal. Brickhouse assisted on the goal to make the score 2-0.
Wiredu, back after missing a few games due to injury, added another goal about 10 minutes later when he fired a shot into the upper corner of the goal. Senior Chris Vlahoplus was credited with the assist, making the score 3-0 for the Caps.
Broughton's defenders thwarted several Heritage attacks throughout the second half, with junior Hyu A repeatedly fending off Heritage's forwards.
But Broughton continued to attack when it had the ball, forcing the Heritage keeper to come outside the box to try to stop a breakaway by the Caps with about six minutes to go in the game. The keeper was given a red card for using his hands outside the box, and junior Ike Drooz converted the subsequent free kick to give Brougton a 4-0 lead.
Keepers Frankie Stallings and Morton combined on the shutout, the second consecutive shutout for the Caps in the playoffs. It was Broughton's third win of the season over Heritage.
The Caps, now done with the Cap 8 portion of the playoffs, will next play the winner of the game between Apex and New Bern. The game will be played at Broughton either Tuesday or Wednesday evening.
|The postgame celebration (click on photo to enlarge)|