Raiders down Trask, keep rolling

By Daron Barefoot - Sports Writer
Juan Medellin goes back after a loose ball. -

Midway’s soccer team was back in action on Thursday night, taking on the Trask Titans to continue play in the Four County Conference. Midway was able to score enough goals in the first half to securing the 2-1 victory and their second consecutive win.

The Raiders broke a scoreless tie about midway through the first half as Jonathan Espino recovered his own rebound from a shot on goal, sending it to the back of the net for the 1-0 lead.

As the half was winding down, Midway would add to their lead as Jeremy Cifuentes cashed in on assist by Juan Medellin, making it 2-0.

The second half was a defensive battle as only one more goal would go up on the scoreboard. Midway’s offense was held scoreless in the half but the Raiders defense did its job as they limited to Trask to just one goal, ending the game with the 2-1 tally.

After the game, Midway head coach Allen McLamb expressed satisfaction in the way his team is playing but noted that the goal is to keep rolling.

“We’ve got some great things working for us right now and we just hope that we can keep it going, keep it together and stay injury free,” he said.

With the win, Midway gets back to .500 at 9-9 overall and 6-5 in the conference.

Midway has three games remaining on the schedule, beginning with a road trip to Pender on Monday, and concluding with consecutive home games against Wallace-Rose Hill and West Bladen on Tuesday and Wednesday. Those games are slated for 6 p.m.

The Raiders’ victory on Thursday came on the heels of a win Wednesday night, when they took on county rival Union on Senior Night. Before the game, Midway honored eight seniors: Uvaldo Acosta, Jose Martinez, Ivan Medina, Brandon Rodriguez, Lucido Vasguez, Jonah Royal, Jonathan Espino and Jackson Royal.

After a close first half that ended in a 2-2 night, Midway scored two unanswered goals in the second half to win the contest, 4-2.

Leading goal scorer, Cifuentes, scored Midway’s first goal after taking the assist from Acosta. Kilmar Mondragon got the second Raider goal in the first half off the corner kick. After the break, Cifuentes found the back of the net for Midway’s third goal, cashing in on the assist by Mondragon. That would give Midway the 3-2 lead.

Rodriguez recorded his first ever goal off an assist by Acosta, to push the game to the final score of 4-2.

Juan Medellin goes back after a loose ball. Medellin goes back after a loose ball.

By Daron Barefoot

Sports Writer