The Caps women's soccer team hit the road Friday night for the first time this season, and came home with a 2-1 win over New Bern in a hard-fought contest at The Brittany Soccer Showcase in Wilson.
Broughton controlled possession for most of the first half, but was unable to convert several scoring opportunities late in the half.
The Caps lost a third starter, when Willard was not able to return for the second half because of an injury. New Bern initially took the attack to the Caps as the second half began, forcing senior keeper Allie Cutler to make a great save on a shot in the 53rd minute. About three minutes later, New Bern managed to score the first goal of the season against Broughton to tie the game at 1-1.
Broughton stepped up its attack at that point, and had several corner kicks and other scoring opportunities that ended with shots going just wide or directly at the New Bern keeper. Both teams played at a frantic pace as they tried to find the winning goal.
Then, in the 72nd minute, freshman Meredith Brown took advantage of a defensive miscue by New Bern to score from close range to put the Caps up 2-1.
Cutler had to make another save in the 76th minute, but Broughton held on for the victory to stay undefeated at 4-0. The Caps will next play on Monday, March 30, against Millbrook in a Cap 8 conference match-up.
Following the game, Brown was honored as Broughton's recipient of The Brittany Sportsmanship Award. Congratulations, Meredith, and huge props to the organizers of The Brittany. It was great for Broughton to be part of such a wonderful event again. Go Caps!