What a game.
In their best performance of the season, the #11 Broughton Capitals (15-6-2) played with passion and composure and comfortably defeated the #6 Crusaders from Cardinal Gibbons by a score of 4-2. This victory moves the Caps on to the second round of the playoffs to face #3 East Wake Warriors in Wendell on Tuesday.
The first half was dominated by Broughton from the opening whistle and their pressure paid off as Junior Cesar Gonzalez played a free kick to the head of Senior Joe Ruslander who headed it home to make it 1-0. (VIDEO)
Just a few minutes later, the boys made it 2-0 as Andrew Rossetti took a long pass and played it right to the foot of Lucas Beeson whose shot deflected off a defender but was always headed to the back of net. (VIDEO)
Broughton continued their pressure and Donovan Nicholson had a shot hit off the post. Then, in what seemed like their only chance of the first half, Gibbons played a through ball for a goal and that made the halftime score 2-1.
The second half started strong for Gibbons and only thanks to the efforts of Sophomore GK Ryan Meredith and the back line of Esteban, Lex, Jacob, Graham, Ivey, Joe and Duncan did keep the score at 2-1. About 20 minutes into the second half, Broughton got what turned out to be the winning goal as Andrew's corner kick was perfectly headed home by Sophomore Bryce Meredith to give the Caps the 3-1 advantage.
The Crusaders then scored off a free kick which was caused by the worst foul call ever in a HS soccer game. Coach Brannan seemed to agree...
However, with only 10 minutes to play in the match, Sophomore Andrew Rossetti was fouled in the box and slotted home the PK to give the Caps their final goal and the 4-2 victory. (VIDEO)
This victory was a total team effort by the boys and we'll need to continue this good play to make a run in the 4A Playoffs.