CAPS FEND OFF SPARTAN SIEGE
On Wednesday night the Sanderson Spartans' women's soccer team arrived at Broughton with one goal - to end the Caps 5 match win streak. The determined Spartans would leave the pitch after a valiant effort, but without the result. Broughton improved to 6-0 for the campaign, 4-0 in conference and on the top of the Cap 8 table with a 1-0 victory.
The Caps appeared slow out of the gate, but persevered under the Spartans attack. In the 7th minute junior Sarah Grace Lasso attempted to get the Caps on top with a shot just inside the 18 yard box that was saved by the Sanderson goal keeper. Five minutes later, junior Lily Schneider sent a pass to Lasso on the right side, who crossed the ball into the box and for an on running Emma Willard, who was unable to put foot to ball, The sides battled on and in the 27th minute it appeared that Sanderson would strike first, but the Spartan player sent her shot from point blank range over the crossbar and through the football goal post. With crisis averted, the Caps continued to scrap, but again, in the 38th minute Sanderson was gifted a ball inside the 18 and facing only senior keeper Allie Cutler, the Spartan player shot it wide.
Halftime gave the Caps time to regroup and make adjustments, but the second period proceeded much like the first. Six minutes in, Willard collected a ball on the touchline and sent a shot across the goal mouth. Five minutes later, freshman Taylor Sutter was required to make a huge defensive stop on a Spartan player that had gotten through the Caps defense into the 18. Not 2 minutes later, Cutler parried a Sanderson shot up and off the cross bar to save yet another goal scoring opportunity. As Sanderson coach Todd Worley used repetitive substitutions to take minutes of the clock and keep the Caps from finding their rhythm, the Caps kept shooting. In the 57th minute, Schneider cracked a shot from distance that was saved by the keeper on the goal line. In the 63rd, junior Julia Stevens sent a beautiful pass to a streaking Willard who got a shot off only to have it stopped by Sanderson's goal tender. With two minutes left in regulation and extra time looking imminent, the Caps won a corner kick. A well placed ball was deflected out of the scrum and Schneider found it with her powerful right foot and cracked a shot into the back of the net to put the Caps ahead and steal the victory!
The Caps return to Cap 8 action on Tuesday, April 7th when they travel to Wakefield High School to take on the Wolverines. Junior Varsity kicks off at 4:30 with Varsity at 6:30.