The Broughton men's soccer team jumped out to a 3-0 lead and then held off a surging Sanderson comeback to walk (or, perhaps, slide) away with a hard-fought 3-2 win on a wet and sloppy night at Broughton on Thursday.
The match couldn't have started any better for the Caps, as Elvis Wiredu was taken down in the box in the first minute and was awarded the penalty. Unfortunately, while being taken down, the Sanderson defender stepped on on Wiredu's shoelace and broke it, forcing the senior striker to retreat to the bench while Ibrahim Mohamud calmly converted the PK.
Broughton controlled most of the first half, and in the 26th minute, the Caps' pressure in the Spartans' box resulted in a handball and a second penalty. This time, with a new shoelace in place, Wiredu notched the goal.
Sanderson came out in the second half motivated, playing much more cohesive soccer, with their best opportunity on a near-point blank shot in the 43rd minute, but sophomore keeper Clay Oxford came up huge, pushing the shot aside.
And then the rain came. Along with a single bolt of lightning, causing a half hour delay.
The Caps came out pumped up and ready to take it to Sanderson, and senior Daniel Rivera scored his first goal of the season in the 51st minute off a beautiful cross from Wiredu.
And then the rain came down harder. Much harder, making the pitch slippery and sloppy. Sanderson decided to take a more attacking approach, and Broughton started to back off. Which led to an interesting final twenty minutes when Sanderson scored in the 60th and 78th minute. Fortunately, for Broughton, time ran out and the Caps escaped with the big victory. Broughton outshot Sanderson 14-9.
The Caps improved their overall record to 7-4 and are leading the Cap 8 with a 3-1 record. Their next match, weather permitting, will on Saturday, September 26 at 5 pm in a rematch of last year's 4A championship game against Reagan. The Caps lost a heartbreaker in 2014, 1-0, and will be motivated to get the win. The match will be played on a neutral field at Millbrook High School. Come out and root for Broughton.
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