Broughton and Cardinal Gibbons will try to win N.C. High School Athletic Association boys soccer championships on Saturday at N.C. State’s Dail Soccer Field.
Broughton (21-1-2) will play Pfafftown Reagan (24-3) in the 4A finals at 5:05 p.m. Gibbons (22-2-1) opens the championship day at 11:05 a.m., when it plays Newton Foard (22-5-2) for the 3A title.
Broughton won back-to-back 4A titles in 2006 and 2007 and is returning to the finals for the first time since. Matt Brickhouse leads the Caps with 17 goals and nine assists. He had three goals in Broughton’s 5-2 win over New Hanover in the semifinals.
Leke Ademoyero leads the Raiders with 18 goals.
Gibbons is in its seventh NCHSAA boys soccer final. The Crusaders won state 2A crowns in 2006 and 2008 and won 3A titles in 2010 and 2011. Sophomore Drew Rabil has scored 23 goals for the Crusaders.
All four of the title games will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and will be available on digital channel 323 on Time Warner systems across the state.
Dudley, which won the 2013 4A state championship and was undefeated his year, used ineligible players in its final regular-season game. The game was forfeited after the NCHSAA playoff bracket had been finalized.
The NCHSAA Handbook states that “the team shall not participate in playoffs if, after the brackets have been finalized, forfeited contests cause an adjustment in its record and seed.”
Dudley admitted to the full board that there had been a violation of NCHSAA rules but asked that the penalty not include elimination of the playoffs, asking for mercy from the board, according to Rick Strunk, an NCHSAA associate commissioner.
The board believed the NCHSAA rules had been applied appropriately. During the appeal process, the NCHSAA learned there may have been other violations by Dudley during the season.
The field includes the Atlanta Dynamos and the Washington (D.C.) Machine club teams.
Among the swimmers are N.C. State recruit Justin Ress and Eastern Michigan recruit Tosh Kawaguchi, who attend Cary High.
Senior Josh Irons was named the conference soccer player of the year, and STM’s Doug Dieter was the league’s coach of the year.
Adrian Guzman and Nick DeMarco were first and second in the conference boys cross country championships. Olivia Lackner, Isabella Lackner and Haley Gawarecki were first, second and third in girls cross country. Guzman and Olivia Lackner were the conference runners of the year.
The school is expected to apply to join the N.C. Independent Schools Athletic Association next year.