Midway’s Raiders put their rainy Monday loss to Wallace-Rose Hill behind them Wednesday as they got back to their kind of soccer, shutting down county rival Lakewood in the process. Final score was 4-0.
“My guys played good soccer tonight,” said coach Allan McLamb of his Raider boys. “I still have one out with a concussion and a midfielder out as well. I moved some guys around to adjust and the team just stepped up and played.”
McLamb tipped his hat to the Raider midfield and those in the back, saying they gave a strong showing from start to finish in the game.
“They all just stepped up and played good soccer. I was glad to see everyone working that hard. They played with a lot of heart. We are going to be alright.”
Midway got its first two goals in the first half, the first from Alex Boggs off an assist from Trey Marowski. Not long after, Marowski hit pay dirt himself, this time with an assist from Jimmy Blackmon.
The Raiders went into the break with a 2-0 lead and a determination to play their best soccer.
“They wanted this tonight,” McLamb said.
In the second period, Blackmon hit pay dirt and then, later on, turned around and gave the assist to Marowski, who hit the back of the net for the Raiders’ fourth and final goal of the night.
Lakewood coach Jay Faircloth offered kudos to McLamb and the Raiders. “Coach McLamb is a great coach and he’s got a great team. They played very well tonight.”
But Faircloth wasn’t as happy with his own players, saying they played hard but not smart.
“We’re not doing the simple things that allow you to win a game,” Faircloth stressed. “I told the guys we’ve got to do three things to win — communicate, pass well and play alert and aggressive. All we did well was communicate and it wasn’t enough.
“I’m going to take the blame for this one. I thought I had them prepared. I knew Midway would be hungry tonight after their loss to Wallace Monday and I wanted them ready; I obviously didn’t prepare them enough.”
With four games left in the regular season, Faircloth said he told his team he wanted to see them go out with a blaze of glory.
“Look this is a great group of guys and they’ve already made so many strides from where they were two years ago; I’m proud of them. We’re going to get back at it tomorrow and get ready for Monday.”
Lakewood plays host to James Kenan Monday in a 5 p.m. game.
Midway, now 9-4-2 overall and 6-3-1 in the conference, hosts Pender in a 6 p.m. game.