|The Broughton Seniors -- Playoff-Bound!!|
On a Senior Night where the Caps started 11 seniors, the Caps clinched second place in the Cap 8 with a 4-4 tie against Heritage. The match was truly an exhibition of two talented strikers: Broughton's Elvis Wiredu and Heritage's Logan Shytle. Shytle tallied four goals in the first meeting between the clubs, and he repeated that accomplishment. Think about that: 8 goals in two matches against one of the better teams in the region.
Fortunately, Wiredu had a hat trick, and with a goal by Gray Gwaltney, the Caps managed to hang on for the tie.
The match appeared as if it might be a blow-out, as Wiredu scored two goals in the 16th and 17th minutes, the first after Elvis juked four or five Husky defenders and the second on a beautiful through ball from C. Badweh. The Broughton defense was well-organized until a couple of mistimed lunges gave Shytle some room to beat a number of defenders and slot the shot past a diving Benjamin McCord.
Broughton maintained its poise in the opening minutes of the second half, but an unfortunate bounce found a Caps' defenders arm, leading to a Husky penalty, which was easily converted by Shytle in the 47th minute. Wiredu, however, seized the opportunity by dribbling through the Heritage defense and notching his hat trick.
No lead in this match was safe, however, as a solid cross by Heritage led to a perfect header from Shytle into the back of the net. And Shytle was not finished, as he scored in the 72nd minute, giving Heritage the lead.
Broughton refused to quit, and in the 75th minute, Gray Gwaltney shot through a mass of humanity in front of the goal, a shot the Heritage keeper may not have seen, which tied the score.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the overtimes, but neither could convert.
With the tie, the Caps finish second in the conference at 8-3-3. Their overall record is 12-6-3.
The NCHSAA playoffs begin next week. Broughton should learn of its seeding and first round opponent some time this weekend.