|Goal scorers Ibrahim Mohamud and Lucas Beeson|
Here's the facts. After starting out strongly against visiting Enloe, the Eagles caught the Broughton defense out of position. The Enloe winger fired a cross into the box, Broughton defender Bryant O'Neal tried to block it, and it went directly into the Caps' net. Own goal. Enlo 1, Broughton 0. Things got worse just four minutes later when Broughton co-captain and leading scorer Elvis Wiredu was sent off in the 20th minute, with a straight red card after his reckless bicycle kick after the whistle in the box failed to find the ball, and instead, found the face of an Enloe defender. Wiredu had no ill intent; he had no desire to hurt anyone, but his actions were in the wrong place.
So the Caps were down a man, down a goal, and things weren't looking good. Enloe was well coached, they kept their shape, and maintained a fair amount of possession. But they didn't score again. In fact, Broughton seemed to get stronger as the match wore on. Ten minutes into the second half, a bit of magic happened, when Esteban Salinas Noyolas's long throw-in found the head of freshman Lucas Beeson in the box, and the ball found the back of the net. Tie game.
Enloe continued to maintain possession, making the Caps play a game of chase, wearing down Broughton. But Coach Nick Wheeler substituted more liberally this game, giving key players rests. And the defense held tight, with the human perpetual motion machine, Hyu A, anchoring the back line. And even though they were a man down, Broughton got off more shots and better shots than Enloe.
Overtime brought more of the same. Close chances, but no goals.
|Broughton soccer stars, past and present, were in the house on Alumni Night.|
With the win, Broughton moved back into first place in the Cap 8, a half game ahead of Heritage, at 6-2. Their overall record improved to 10-5.
The Caps next play Leesville Road on Monday at home, where they will try to avenge an earlier loss. Kick-off is at 6:30.