blank'/> Broughton Sports Update: Caps earn victory in The Brittany Showcase

Saturday, March 12, 2016

Caps earn victory in The Brittany Showcase

A late goal by senior captain Emma Willard led the Lady Caps soccer team to their first win of the young season on Friday night - a 2-1 victory over the New Bern Bears in The Brittany Willis Memorial Scholarship Showcase in Wilson.

It was the second year in a row that Broughton had squared off against New Bern at "The Brittany," a showcase event that brings together scores of high school soccer teams from throughout the state for two days of inter-regional match-ups. And, for the second year in a row, Broughton managed to eke out a 2-1 victory with a late goal.

Broughton Head Coach Kelly Mastin moved a handful of players into different positions to start the game, and it took several minutes for the Caps to find their stride. New Bern got on the scoreboard first, putting the ball into the net in the 9th minute to take a 0-1 lead.

But the Caps collected themselves following the score, and in the 24th minute sophomore Abby Manring launched a long arcing shot that fell into the goal past the outstretched arms of the New Bern keeper. Junior Savannah Jones assisted on the goal, Manring's first of the season.

Broughton stayed on the attack, and failed to convert on repeated scoring opportunities throughout the half. At halftime, the score was tied 1-1.

The Caps continued to put pressure on the New Bern defense as the second half got underway, but were unable to take advantage of a barrage of crossing passes from the flanks. New Bern managed to put together a couple of scoring opportunities, hitting the cross bar with one shot and then being thwarted on a small breakaway when senior keeper Eliza Taylor charged out to clear the ball.

Then, in the 74th minute, Willard was able to flick a crossing pass from sophomore Meredith Brown past the New Bern keeper to give the Caps a 2-1 lead. Broughton then held off New Bern for the game's final minutes to seal the victory.

Following the game, senior Julia Stevens was honored as Broughton's recipient of "The Brittany" sportsmanship award. Congrats to Julia and the Lady Caps!

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