The Midway Raiders hosted Triton Wednesday evening in what proved to be an intense soccer match. The Raiders made their 1 goal stick and posted a 1 nil victory.
Earlier in the afternoon, the Raiders got their first ever junior varsity win with 3-0 decision over the j. v. Hawks. Hasley Palacios scored twice for the home team and Luis Acosta found the back of the goal for the other.
In varsity game, neither team could muster any offense in the first half. Both teams had some opportunities, but could not break through. There was no score at intermission.
Finally, with 8:57 remaining in the game, Jose Osorio hit pay dirt on a pass by Juan Medellin. The goal would be the only one of the game.
Raider goalkeeper, Matthew Core collected 5 saves to help the Raiders hang on.
“That was a hard-fought battle and everybody was into it,” attested Midway head coach Allen McLamb. “The guys never quit. They focused and played hard. I’m real happy with the way they played. From what I gather, that’s probably one of Triton’s best games of the year. They stepped up and played hard and you could tell. Both teams played a real good game. It don’t take but 1 goal to get a win.”
“It felt great to beat Triton,” asserted Midway junior Jonathan Espino. “I know we didn’t score a lot, but a win’s a win. We’re going into conference and we’re going in hard.”
The Raiders, 3-1-2, will host East Bladen Monday to begin Four County Conference play. Triton falls to 0-7-1. After a Thursday date at Wilson Hunt, they will host Union Pines next Wednesday.