The Broughton men's soccer team lost a hard-fought match to the Cardinal Gibbons Crusaders in a Wake County Cup match held at Heritage High School, 3-0. The first half of the match was very even, with the Caps having several scoring opportunities denied, some by the Gibbons' keeper, but others by the post. Both teams moved the ball well, but Broughton had more scoring threats, but they couldn't take advantage, with the first half ending in a 0-0 tie.
After Elvis Wiredu missed on a golden opportunity to score at the beginning of the second half, the Crusaders began to control the midfield -- and possession -- leading to its first goal in the 47th minute. Gibbons continued to apply pressure across the pitch, forcing a tired Broughton team to abandon its first half tactics and to rely on long balls over the top. The Caps hung tough, however, and in the 69th minute, Ibrahim Mohamud made a great move to get past the final defender and fired a shot, which the Gibbons keeper saved with a remarkable parry over the crossbar.
Keeper Clay Oxford kept the score close when he came far off his line to stop a breakaway Crusader from scoring a second goal. Unfortunately, the Gibbons pressure proved too much for the Caps, as the Crusaders put in two more goals in the final five minutes, including a rocket from 25 yards out with less than 20 seconds remaining.
The Caps outshot Cardinal Gibbons in the first half, but the second half was a different story, where they were outshot 15-4. The loss moved Broughton's schedule to 3-3 on the season.
The Caps' next match is at 6:30 Wednesday night at home against East Wake. Come out and root for your Broughton Caps.