When Wake Forest-Rolesville’s girls traveled to Broughton on Wednesday night, there was much more riding on the line than the average midseason match. With both teams in the thick of the Cap Eight race, this was a match that could have postseason repercussions.
Wake Forest-Rolesville jumped out to the early lead, but Broughton took control the rest of the way, earning the 2-1 win at home and staying ahead of their opponents in the conference standings.
Madison Byrd’s scored her team’s only goal four minutes into the match. Despite the loss, Wake Forest Rolesville coach Deran Coe managed to find a positive in his team’s performance.
“We came out as the aggressors and they just weren’t expecting it from us,” Coe said. “We’re a little more organized than we’ve been in the past. We’re a pretty good team this year.”
Broughton responded with a goal from Kristen Cherry in the 25th minute in the first half, tying the match heading into halftime.
Coe pointed to that moment as a letdown for his team.
“They kind of had us under pressure,” Coe said. “They got five or six corner kicks and some throw-ins. In the second half, I thought we played pretty well. We may have been a little tired, maybe lost our legs a little bit but all in all, I thought it was a pretty good match for our goals.”
Broughton coach Izzy Hernandez said he was pleased with the way his team responded after giving up the game’s first goal.
“We stayed composed,” Hernandez said. “We moved the ball well in spurts of the match in ways that we may not have done at other times this year.”
Broughton’s Caroline Brown scored the game’s go-ahead goal in the 56th minute in the second-half.
“When they got their last goal, it was a good goal,” Coe said. “It’s tough for our goalkeeper to make that stop near post. It was a great shot.”
When asked what he liked most about his team’s performance, Hernandez said he was pleased with his team’s aggressiveness.
“I like the way that we’re getting a lot of attempts at scoring,” he said. “Whether it’s penetrating from the middle or sneaking up from behind, I like that we’re getting the attempts and taking the risk.”
Despite the loss, Coe said he was pleased with the way his Cougars competed against Broughton. He’s confident that they will be able to make a push for the playoffs.
“I think we’ve played tough all year long,” Coe said. “Even in some of our tough losses against Millbrook and Leesville Road, we’ve probably played our best matches. I think we’ll just keep doing what we’re doing and just try to stay healthy.”