Cardinal Gibbons wasted no time in claiming its second Wake County Cup title in the tournament’s fifth season.
The Crusaders scored 40 seconds into the match and doubled the lead less than a minute later en route to a 4-1 win.
Heritage (12-1) narrowed the lead to 2-1 at halftime, but Gibbons’ Jack Zarnik and Nick Brassington found the back of the net in the second half. It was Brassington’s second after he and Chris Thorburn scored in the first half for the Crusaders (10-0-1).
The Huskies’ lone goal was by Dylan Berk. It was the first loss for Heritage this season.
In the day’s earlier games, Panther Creek defeated East Wake 11-2 and Green Hope shut out Knightdale 4-0. Neither game was a true third-place or fifth-place match as the tournament switched Panther Creek and Green Hope around to avoid a conference rematch between the two teams.