WAKE FOREST — Millbrook completed a clean sweep of conference foe Leesville Road with a 2-1 win for the Cap Eight 4A Conference tournament championship Thursday at Heritage High.
The tournament championship was the first in the program’s history.
Millbrook unseated the six-time defending regular-season champion Pride last week for the league title. Thursday’s win was the Wildcats’ third in as many meetings between the teams this year, something coach Matt Edwards said is an accomplishment against any team, let alone a perennial power.
“They’re our biggest rival in this conference right now and we have to really be at our best to beat them,” Edwards said. “We’ve been fortunate in the three games this year, but they push us to the brink. Even when they went down a man, it didn’t even seem like it.”
Leesville Road sophomore Mackenzie Dipper, who put the Pride ahead in the 20th minute with the first goal of the game, got her second yellow card of the match, resulting in a red, in the 72nd minute forcing Leesville Road to play the remainder of the game with 10 players.
Millbrook scored just more than a minute later with a Cailyn Boch header from Colleen Markey for the winning goal over the defending tournament champions.
The teams shared the regular-season title last year and also met in the conference tournament championship game, which Leesville won 2-1.
Leesville Road controlled the ball for much of the first half, taking an early lead before sophomore Alexa Asher pulled Millbrook even just before the break with a goal in the 34th minute.
Millbrook kicked it up a notch in the second half to secure the win, giving a team that has seldom trailed this season an extra boost of confidence in its ability to play from behind.