Lady Raiders shut out

By Daron Barefoot - with Adam Capps

Midway’s Anna Apperson prepares to inbound the ball.

The Lady Raiders soccer team stepped back out of conference play on Thursday for a non-conference duel in Erwin against the Triton Hawks. After a hot start to the season, Midway dropped its second straight game in a 2-0 shutout by the Hawks.

Both of Triton’s goals came in the first half, with the first coming within the first five minutes of the game. The goal was allowed on a corner inbound to give Triton the 1-0 lead.

Midway head coach Trey Apperson commented that his defense being out of position lead to the goal. “We didn’t mark up in the box, which is actually something we worked on this week,” he said. “That was just a mental lapse to give up that goal.”

Triton’s second goal would come with 16:42 left in the first half. Following a foul in the box, the Lady Hawks were allowed a penalty kick that found its way past goal keeper Kyla Kibler to increase the Lady Hawks lead.

The half would end with Triton up 2-0.

Midway had opportunities in the second half to cut into the margin, but the Lady Raiders just could not find the back of the net.

Following the game, Coach Apperson still praised his team, especially in the second half. “We made adjustments and calmed down,” he continued. “I felt like we played well. “In fact, I believe it’s the best forty minutes of soccer we’ve played all year. We kept possession of the ball on our half of the field for a majority of the half, we just didn’t find the back of the net,” he finished.

On Friday, the Lady Raiders traveled to Pender to get back into conference play, and got back to winning ways. Their defense was strong again, as they shutout the Lady Patriots, and pulled out a 3-0 win.

The Lady Raiders are 5-2 on the season now, and have a big game on Tuesday with rival and power-house Clinton. The game is set for a 6 p.m. start in Spivey’s Corner.

By Daron Barefoot

with Adam Capps

Midway’s Anna Apperson prepares to inbound the ball.’s Anna Apperson prepares to inbound the ball.
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