Broughton started the game strong, controlling possession and keeping the ball in the attacking third for most of the first 20 minutes of the first half. But the Caps were unable to convert on a few scoring chances, sending balls high, wide or directly at the Middle Creek keeper.
The Caps keeper, senior Eliza Taylor, made a nice save on Middle Creek's first scoring opportunity in the 25th minute. But a couple of minutes later, Middle Creek put the ball in the back of the net to get on the scoreboard first.
Broughton responded promptly, with senior Emma Willard bouncing a ball off the cross bar and into the goal a couple of minutes later.
With the score tied 1-1 at the half, both teams came out aggressively in the second half. Taylor made another save six minutes into the half, sparking an immediate counter attack that forced the Middle Creek keeper to leap to tip a Willard shot over the goal.
But Middle Creek reclaimed the lead with a shot in the 54th minute that took a funny bounce as it skidded into the goal.
The second half was more of a back-and-forth affair than the first half, with both teams struggling to maintain possession. There was also plenty of physical play, with one Middle Creek player being issued a yellow card and two Broughton players leaving the field with injuries.
The play swung back in Broughton's direction in the 63rd minute when senior Kelly Ann Evans stroked a shot (to quote our former correspondent) into the back of the old onion bag to tie the score at 2-2.
Less than four minutes later, though, Middle Creek struck again to reclaim the lead at 2-3. Then, in the 74th minute, junior Savannah Jones drew a penalty in the box after making an aggressive attack from the left side. Sophomore Meredith Brown converted the penalty kick to tie the score at 3-3.
Both teams had shots that barely missed in the game's closing minutes as the season opener for both teams ended in a 3-3 draw.
Earlier, the Broughton junior varsity defeated Middle Creek 2-0 on two goals by sophomore Anne Lassiter Barnes.
|Goal scorers Meredith Brown, Emma Willard and Kelly Ann Evans|