The Midway men’s soccer team kicked off a two-game, two-day stretch against West Bladen on Tuesday night as the Knights traveled into Spivey’s Corner for the first meeting.
Midway struck early and often through the first half as the Raiders seemed to establish control early. They had an early goal waived off at the 35:40 mark due to an offside call, but they quickly recovered.
Just a over a minute later with 33:15 on the clock, Midway’s Luis Acosta-Espino found the back of the net on a hard shot to give Midway a 1-0 lead. Continuing their strong play, the Raiders earned a penalty kick opportunity that Juan Medellin converted on with 19:59 remaining to make it 2-0.
Midway made it 3-0 when Acosta-Espino notched his second goal of the game on a Jose Osorio assist with 4:41 showing.
Just before half, the Knights trimmed into the lead with 3:40 left to make it 3-1 at halftime.
Picking back up in the second half, West Bladen showed they weren’t going away quietly. With 36:57 on the clock, the Knights fired a shot just over the head of Midway goalkeeper Jake Rivera to make it 3-2.
West Bladen completed the comeback just over four minutes in the half, tying the game up at 35:42 on another goal that was just too high for Rivera.
Suddenly, a rattled Raiders team was trying to figure things out.
Riding momentum, the Knights surged ahead, earning the lead with 30:30 remaining.
The Raiders responded. With 26:48 left, Acosta-Espino earned a hat trick, notching his third goal of the game to tie things back up at 4-4 on a one on one with the keeper.
Acosta-Espino once again delivered for the Raiders. With 17:04 left, he added his fourth goal of the game to give the Raiders their lead back at 5-4.
Just a few seconds later, Midway added an insurance goal. Medellin tallied another goal at 16:42 to make it 6-4.
The rest of the way would be a battle of possession as neither team was able to put together anymore substantial threats as the game ended 6-4.
Raider head coach Allen McLamb acknowledged that his team played well, but said that there were areas where his team was out of sorts and still lacks that killer instinct.
With the win, Midway improves to 5-2 on the season and will wrap up non-conference play when they travel to rematch West Bladen.
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