The Midway men’s soccer team was back on the field Wednesday evening, hosting East Duplin in conference action. The Raiders, riding a tough three-game skid, were looking to get back in the win column, but the Panthers were simply too much for them to overcome. Midway dropped the contest, 4-0.
East Duplin capitalized early on in the contest, taking full advantage of a penalty kick with 32:31 left on the clock in the first half to lead 1-0.
The lead remained 1-0 for the duration of the half as the teams thwarted scattered scoring attempts throughout the half.
Picking up in the second half, East Duplin notched its second goal of the game off a rebound by Raiders goalkeeper Jake Rivera. Rivera made a brilliant save on the first attempt but the ball rolled right to the feet of an incoming Cougars striker, who fired the ball into the open net to make it 2-0 with 31:51 remaining.
Again, the teams traded scoring attempts but for a large part of the second half the game remained 2-0.
However, with under 10 minutes to play, East Duplin scored twice more to push the final tally to 4-0, handing Midway their fourth straight loss.
For the first time this season, Midway’s record has dipped below .500 as they now sit a 5-6 overall and are winless in conference play, at 0-3.
They’ll look to get back on track Monday when they travel to take on James Kenan.
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