When Midway and Heide Trask met for the first time earlier in the season on the soccer field, it took two overtime sessions and penalty kicks to decide the outcome of what had been a scoreless game. With the Lady Raiders missing a couple of key players, the Lady Titans capitalized in the penalty kicks segment and took the win, 4-2. In Friday night’s rematch, the game was vastly different, as for the 11th time this season Midway held their opponent scoreless and got revenge on the Lady Titans, winning 3-0.
Rachel Edwards the only goal that Midway technically needed around the 28-minute mark of the first half to give Midway the early 1-0 lead. But with the history of the two schools on the table, the feeling of one goal not being enough was looming.
The 1-0 score held, however, for much of the game as the first half closed at that tally.
Picking back up in the second half, the same 1-0 score held solid in what was a tense and physical game. All across the field, players from both schools hit the ground in what was showing to be a physical and aggressive game.
The aggression led to a late game penalty kick opportunity for the Lady Raiders. With 12:59 showing on the clock, Kasey McLamb cashed in, converting the PK into a goal to give Midway some breathing room at 2-0.
Still, the advantage didn’t seem like enough on the Midway sidelines.
The coaching staff continued to actively coach their team with a sense of urgency, knowing that a lot could still happen in the final minutes of the game. The Lady Raiders stood tall, however, as Candis Tyndall secured another goal for Midway. Tyndall went one-on-one with a Lady Titans defender as she streaked down field. Tyndall beat the defender and fired a shot past the goal keeper to give her team final tally of 3-0 with just 8:55 left.
With Trask unable to answer, Midway went on to win the game 3-0, handing Raiders head coach Trey Apperson his 100th victory, an accomplishment celebrated after the game as team members and coaching staff presented him with a plaque and autographed ball.
After the game, Apperson praised his team, especially the defense, in a solid win.
“The girls did a good job, they felt like they were due some redemption, and the team played great, especially on defense. I don’t think Trask had a shot on goal the whole game,” he said. “Credit to the whole gang — I think they’re peaking at the right time.”
With the win, Midway improves to 13-3 overall and 9-3 in the Four County Conference. They are scheduled to be back in action on Tuesday when they travel to take on West Bladen.
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