RALEIGH — It took a few contests, but Leesville Road got things going last week.
The Pride had been shut out in its first three matches of the season but quickly got on the board Thursday and maintained its momentum, topping Broughton 3-1.
“When we were 0-3, we didn’t make any excuses,” Leesville Road coach Paul Dinkenor said. “I think the guys were in no way near a panic mode, but they were just sick of the fact that we had played three games and not scored.”
The win put the Pride at 1-1 in Cap Eight play and in a six-way tie for second place early in the season.
Sophomore Will Denton got the Pride on the board first in the fourth minute of play. Junior Michael Spear booted in another on Leesville’s next possession two minutes later off a cross from sophomore Alyddin Darar.
Junior Isiah Rowland knocked in a third goal at minute 32 to put the Pride up 3-0 before the half.
“This is a really nice team we have,” Dinkenor said, adding that the Pride returned just four players with true varsity game experience. “We are no way experienced in how to win a game and how to hold a lead, but hopefully that will come. The beauty of Cap Eight conference play is you don’t have time to celebrate and you don’t have time to commiserate. ... So it’s a good win for us, and it’s something we can build on.”
Broughton got on the board early in the second half when Chris Vlahoplus knocked in a shot from Matt Brickhouse in the 41st minute.
“(Leesville) played well, and we deserved to lose. But we at least we didn’t quit, which is great news,” Broughton coach Nick Wheeler said. “There’s a lot of fight in this team. They weren’t going to give up, and I think that will serve us well as the season goes on.”