Broughton kept shooting and shooting, the Capitals knowing they would eventually find the back of the net against Millbrook. The approach worked, putting Broughton back on a winning track with a 2-0 shutout over the Wildcats in Monday’s Cap-8 Conference match.
Senior Jesse Dean opened scoring for the Caps (6-4, 2-1 Cap-8) in the first half, and Elvis Wiredu finished off Millbrook (4-3-2, 1-2) with a late goal.
Broughton took its shots at Millbrook goalkeeper Grafton Potter early and often, but Potter stood tall. The game was a showcase of spectacular play from both goalies, as the Caps’ sophomore goalie Clay Oxford had his work cut out for him as well.
Late in the first half, Broughton was able to end the drought. Dean sneaked one pass Potter with 2:31 remaining before halftime to give the Capitals. Oxford made sure the Wildcats stayed off the board in the first half, coming up with an impressive stop with 43 ticks remaining before the break.
After intermission, Broughton thought it had a 2-0 lead, briefly, but Wiredu’s goal was called back because of an offsides penalty. Wiredu redeemed himself, putting the final margin on the board with 2:05 remaining in the game.
A 47-second span was the difference between an intense finale and a sign of relief for Broughton. Nursing a 1-0 lead, the Capitals felt the pressure from the Wildcats. Broughton’s Oxford laid out and made a crucial stop. Forty-seven seconds later, Wiredu gave Broughton the final margin.
Three who mattered
Clay Oxford, Broughton: Oxford earned his stripes. The sophomore was under attack most of the night, but turned away Millbrook, getting the shutout in the net.
Jesse Dean, Broughton: Dean came off the bench and scored the first goal of the evening for Broughton right before halftime, giving the Caps some much needed momentum heading into the break.
Elvis Wiredu, Broughton: Wiredu was always the center of attention, and for good reason. The senior co-captain took numerous shots early on, putting the pressure on Millbrook.
Broughton’s attack. The Capitals never let up, constantly taking shots on goal and being the aggressor all night. Broughton took twice as many shots as Millbrook, eventually wearing down the Wildcats.
The Capitals get back in the win column after dropping a conference game to Leesville Road. Next up for Broughton is a game against Sanderson, and a rematch with Reagan, the defending 4A state champions - the team who defeated the Caps in the title game - in the East/West Showcase at Millbrook on Saturday. The Wildcats host Wakefield before taking on Mt. Tabor out of Winston Salem in the East/West Showcase.