Lakewood High School played a home, non-conference soccer match against Midway High School, falling to the Raiders 3-0 and leaving the Leopards’ record at an even 1-1 on the season.
“I’ve coached against him, and learned from him. I said he’s going to come out here ready to rock and roll,” explained Lakewood’s head Coach Jay Faircloth of the opposing coach at Midway, Allen McLamb.
“We’ve got plenty of improvements to make; We have to learn to pass the ball well, communicate better and the main thing is we have to win more balls. We can only do that by playing more aggressively. Last week against Columbus we won 82 percent of balls; tonight I guarantee we probably didn’t even win 27 percent. To win soccer games you have to win balls and that’s where we need to improve,” said Faircloth.
“My boys are in good shape. I just think they took them (Midway) for granted and thought we’d do like last Wednesday and we just didn’t win balls. That’s pretty much it,” said Faircloth.
Midway’s Garrett Butler proved a challenge for Lakewood. During one play against him, Lakewood’s Yiovanni Eugenio-Rosas hurt his ankle, which sidelined him for the rest of the game.
“Number 2 from Midway (Butler) was a such a good defender it was difficult to play offense around him. I think he (Eugenio-Rosas) made a few bad plays and hurt his ankle a bit. Hopefully he’ll be all right,” remarked Faircloth.
Midway’s top scorer was Luis Acosta, with two goals. Juan Medellin had two assists.
With every game there is always something to take away from it as a learning experience.
“Just be more prepared that’s the main thing. I’ve been doing this a while so I know how to be prepared,” said Faircloth.
With the win, Midway improves to 2-1 on the year. Lakewood will have their first away game of the season at East Columbus at 5 p.m. Wednesday and will have their chance for a rematch against Midway on Monday, Aug. 28, at 6 p.m.
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