Leopards, Raiders tie it up in soccer battle
by Savanna Pope Sports Writer
The Lakewood Leopards soccer team traveled into Midway Raider territory on Tuesday and both teams left with their heads high and a tied score of 1-all.
The first goal was scored within five minutes of the game and it was by Raider Nestor Antonio. The score board stayed 1-0 through out the rest of the 1st half, with both teams fighting against each other and getting closer and closer with each attempt at the goal, but just falling short.
Halfway through the second half, Leopard Jonathan Gonzales found the back of the net for Lakewood off of an assist from Irving Ramirez. The teams stayed at each others throats (or feet) until the final whistle blew. Because this was a non-conference game, the teams did not play a tie-breaker.
Midway’s head coach, Allen McLamb, complemented Lakewood on a good game, but added that his team was dealing with a few injuries.
“I thought Lakewood played extremely well. We didn’t play quite up to what I feel our potential is during this game. I give Lakewood the credit, because they took us out of our game. We had a couple of players out and we had to have some players step up and take on some new roles as well,” he stated.
Leopard head coach Jay Faircloth was pleased with the improvement he saw in his team since their last game.
“From the last game to this, we had 110% improvement. Everyone played their spots, we made plays, and the boys really communicated. Tonight they were just different. These are the kind of players we had last year, and this is the type of soccer that we played. We tied a great team tonight, so I’m just very happy for our team,” asserted Faircloth.
He added, “Every single player that we had out on the field played phenomenal. The reason why we came away from this was because everyone played their spots. The boys where aggressive. They went for every ball, and they didn’t care about who they were against.”
Midway’s record moves to 1-1-2 and Lakewood is at 0-1-1. The Raiders will host Triton today (Thursday) and Lakewood traveled to Spring Creek for a conference game on Wednesday.
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