It was a Lakewood-Union rematch on the soccer field in the freezing cold weather this past Tuesday at Salemburg. The Spartans took the win back home with a final score of 3-0.
Coach Johnathan Taylor, the Spartans head coach, said “I was pleased with this game. Last Wednesday, Lakewood came to our field, and we came out very aggressively, and we jumped on them pretty quickly. Their goalie also played a great game, but we were able to get the win.”
“You like those type of wins where you come out aggressively,” he continued, “but at the same time as a coach you want your team to have a little adversity, something to kind of push them. That’s exactly what we got tonight. Hats off to Lakewood. They did a really good job at pressing us. I am proud of the way our girls handled it tonight.”
Lakewood’s coach, Jay Faircloth, is brand new on the girls bench, although he coached the boys’ team this past fall.
“Considering what happened last Wednesday when we played Union, our team has made a complete 180 turnaround. I’m the new coach, and I’ve never coached girls’ soccer before, but it is disappointing not to at least score. We had 11 scoring opportunities with 75 percent of the game on (Union’s) side of the field,” stated Faircloth.
“But with that being said, we are still trying to find our identity. I think we’re close, and we are getting better at it. The girls moved the ball 10 times better tonight. Of course we made some mistakes tonight, but the girls gave everything they had tonight,”Coach Faircloth added.
Spartan Paola Seville scored two of Union’s goals, with Blanca Herrera credited with the assist. Brianna Fredrick scored the last goal and Seville assisted.
Coach Taylor credited Spartan goalkeeper Makaela Carter with many saves for the Spartans to help win the game.
For the Leopards, goalie Ashley Smith had 7 saves; Kelsey Royal had 3 shots on goal and Britany Andrew had 1 shot on goal.
The Leopards start the season 0-2 overall and they will travel to Midway on Friday. The Spartans, now 2-0, hosts Clinton on Wednesday and will host James Kenan on Monday, March 10th.