Hobbton, Midway tie in soccer match

By: By David Johnson - with Adam Capps

The Hobbton Wildcats and the Midway Raiders played to a 0-0 tie in Monday’s high school soccer action.

The game featured two strong defenses, and obviously, a lack of offense. There was no official shots-on-goal count at press time, but it seemed to be very close to even.

Hobbton’s head coach, Jonathan Jacobs seemed a bit discouraged following the game, and admitted that they needed to get healthy, and begin to start to get into a flow of the game.

“We have a lot of kids banged up and we need to get back on the right track. We had 4 or 5 starters out and we’ve got to find our way,” said Jacobs.

For Midway, it was about a lack of converting. Although they only had about three realistic chances of scoring during the game, mostly thanks to Hobbton’s defense, the Raiders never scared the back of the net.

“We were able to get ourselves into a few, not many, but a few realistic chances to score, and we just were not able to capitalize, which is something we have struggled to do in our first couple of games,” said Midway’s head coach, Allen McLamb.

“We never even had a corner kick in the game,” continued the Raider head coach. “You have to give a lot of credit to Hobbton and their defense, because it wasn’t just about us, their defense had a lot to do with our offensive struggles, but, when we needed to come through,we just weren’t able to. As I have said before though, it’s good that it’s something that can be fixed.”

McLamb also pointed out that his defense was solid on Monday, and he was very proud of the play of new goalie, Matthew Core.

“I thought Core was strong in the net for us today,” he said. “That is definitely a bright spot to take away from today.”

In the Battle at the Beach over the weekend, the Wildcats lost 4-1 to East Duplin and 4-0 to Croatan.

The Wildcats are back in action again Aug. 31 hosting Union. Midway is now 0-1-1, and are slated to host South Johnston in Spivey’s Corner on Wednesday, seeking their first win of the year.

By David Johnson

with Adam Capps

Sammy Flores of Hobbton battles for the ball with Midway’s Juan Medellin.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_hhs-1.jpgSammy Flores of Hobbton battles for the ball with Midway’s Juan Medellin.

Hobbton’s Brandon Peacock and Midway’s Juan Ortiz vie for possession.
https://www.clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_hhs22.jpgHobbton’s Brandon Peacock and Midway’s Juan Ortiz vie for possession.