Broughton’s shutout streak in the N.C. High School Athletic Association playoffs ended in Saturday’s fourth round in a 2-0 loss at Laney High in Wilmington.
After a scoreless first half, No. 8 Laney (19-3-3) scored on a 25-yard strike by David Dailey in the 49th minute and a Tristan Nelson header off a corner from Tyler Keser in the 59th. The No. 12 Capitals had not allowed a goal in the playoff’s first three rounds.
Broughton (15-7-3), last year’s 4A runner-up, has won eight of its last 10 playoff games.
Lee County 3, Swansboro 1: The No. 3 Yellow Jackets (23-3-1) defeated No. 2 Swansboro (23-4) and will host No. 4 Eastern Alamance for the NCHSAA 3A East final on Tuesday.
Dixon 3, Jordan-Matthews 1: Jordan-Matthews fell to the Bulldogs (21-4-1) in the NCHSAA 2A East semifinal in Holly Ridge to end the season 17-3-2 overall.
Franklin Academy 2, James Kenan 1: Franklin Academy is heading back to the NCHSAA 1A East regional for the second time in school history with a close win against James Kenan High in the state quaterfinals on Saturday.
Goalkeeper Ben Voorhis made a save with 5 minutes, 41 seconds remaining to keep the game from going to overtime.
“I just had to dive for it,” Voorhis said. “But I can’t take all the credit. My back four has been incredible all season.”
The top-seeded Patriots, ranked No. 14 among area schools, improved to 20-1-2. Fifth-seeded James Kenan of Warsaw finished 16-6.
Franklin will host Tuesday’s East final against two-time defending state champion Wallace-Rose Hill. The Bulldogs are back-to-back state champions coming off a 5-0 blasting of Rosewood.
Franklin took a 1-0 lead when senior Nick Hughes converted a penalty kick in the first 10 minutes. He scored his second goal for his 50th of the year and a 2-0 lead from close range on the left side with 6:29 left in the first half.
Kenan scored its lone goal with 4:54 left in the first half on a corner kick assist from Edgar Benetiz that Israel Hernandez on converted for a goal on a header.
“I thought we played decent, but we missed some shots that in the past we wouldn’t have missed,” Kenan coach Mitchell Quinn said. “(Franklin) is a very good team. They handle the ball, they’re fast and they’re big.”
Correspondent Tom Shanahan contributed.