The Caps won a hard-fought defensive battle Wednesday night to earn a 2-0 victory at Heritage and set the stage for tonight's season-ending showdown with Sanderson.
Inspired by their Senior Night festivities, the Heritage Huskies initially took the fight to Broughton, forcing freshman defender Lucy Krueger to block a dangerous ball on a corner kick in the opening minutes. But the game then settled into a back-and-forth, physical affair, with both teams struggling to create scoring opportunities.
The Caps finally broke through in the 18th minute when junior Emma Willard drew defenders to her before making a nice pass in the box to freshman Meredith Brown, who put the ball in the back of the net to give Broughton a 1-0 lead.
The defensive struggle continued, though, with Broughton's back line scrambling time and again to thwart Heritage attacks and the Caps front line trying to create scoring chances. Freshman Taylor Sutter, in a play that was indicative of the game's defensive nature, made a great hustle play in the 35th minute to stop a Heritage breakaway and preserve the Caps' narrow 1-0 lead.
The Caps managed to tack on another goal just before halftime when junior Kelly Ann Evans finished off a pass from Willard in the 38th minute to put Broughton up 2-0. It was Willard's second assist on the night.
The physical, defensive play continued throughout the second half, with seniors Carson Taylor and Allie Cutler leading the way as Broughton juggled its back line because of injuries. Several players -- juniors Sarah Grace Lasso, Daisy King and Lily Highsmith, and sophomore Kathryn Weil -- stepped up to make defensive stops. Cutler made a scrambling save on a dangerous ball in the game's final seconds to preserve the Caps' second consecutive shutout.
The Caps end their season tonight in a critical game at Sanderson, which has not lost since Broughton defeated them on April 1. Broughton is on top of the Cap 8 standings at 10-2-1, while Sanderson is in second place at 9-2-2.