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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