REAGAN NIPS BROUGTON 1-0 IN NCHSAA 4-A MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP
RALEIGH – Ethan Wells scored the only goal of the game in the 59th minute and earned Most Valuable Player honors to lift Pfafftown Ronald Reagan to a 1-0 victory over Raleigh Broughton on Saturday night in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association state 4-A men’s soccer championship at Dail Soccer Field at North Carolina State University.
The taut, evenly matched battle was tied until freshman Noah Wells delivered a cross from the right flank, older brother and Reagan captain Ethan made a run through the middle and then tucked it away for the 1-0 advantage.
The Caps had a great chance in the 75th minute when leading scorer Jack Brickhouse, who had a hat trick in the regional final, fired a shot at close range but it caromed off the left post. Broughton kept the pressure on but Reagan held on to win.
Reagan keeper Quinn Kuhn, who entered the game with an 0.76 goals-against average, recorded five saves en route to the shutout.
The Caps outshot the Raiders 10-8 and had a 5-2 advantage in shots on goal. Reagan had two corner kicks to just one for Broughton.
The Raiders finished the year with a 25-3 mark while Broughton lost for just the second time against 22 victories and two ties.
Broughton was back in the finals for the first time since 2007, when the Caps won back-to-back state crowns in ’06 and ’07. Reagan qualified for the championship for the first time ever in its 10 years of existence and was in its eighth trip to postseason play, but had only won two playoff games ever prior to this year.
The Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance and the city of Raleigh served as primary host city sponsors for this championship, and Time Warner Cable SportsChannel was the presenting sponsor.
NORTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION
2014 STATE MEN’S SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIPS
Dail Soccer Field, Raleigh
4-A CHAMPIONSHIP 1 2 F Pfafftown Ronald Reagan 0 1 -- 1 Raleigh Broughton 0 0 -- 0
59th minute R—Ethan Wells (Noah Wells)