The Broughton soccer team exhibited great depth and balance in a 5-0 victory over the Knightdale Knights Wednesday night at Broughton. The match opened up tightly with Broughton having the first look at goal when freshman Lucas Beeson's shot was punched away by the Knightdale keeper and Liam Wall's rebound clanked off the right post. The Caps' high defensive pressure led to the first goal after C. Badweh's aggressive tackle and steal in the Knight's box gave him the opportunity to tuck it past the keeper to the far post in the 19th minute. Broughton outshot the Knights 11-6 in the first half, but they couldn't extend their one goal lead.
Broughton's continued pressure finally wore down Knightdale. Elvis Wiredu was unlucky when his screamer from distance hit the crossbar. Seven minutes later, Ibrahim Mohamud was taken down in the box and then converted the penalty kick. In the 59th minute, co-captain Bryant O'Neal blasted a free kick into the net from 20 yards away, taking advantage of a less than solid Knightdale wall. Junior Sam Stein made the most of his seven minutes of playing time by scoring his first varsity goal in the 79th minute after a great run, calmly slotting it past the keeper. A minute later, Stein struck again, when after working against two defenders, he dumped a short cross over to a hustling Jesse Dean, who buried it for Broughton's fifth and final goal.
Broughton outshot Knightdale 21-9. Sophomore Clay Oxford earned a clean sheet, playing the entire game in goal.
The Caps improved their record to 2-2 and next face Cary on the road on Thursday.