The Midway Raider soccer team was in action on Tuesday night, getting their 2016 season underway as they hosted the 4A Cape Fear Colts.
After a thrilling first half that ended with both teams deadlocked at 2-2, Cape Fear came out the second half a different team, jumping on Midway early and often, as they would score five straight goals to seal the win 7-2.
Both teams got off to a quick start, with Cape Fear leading the way.
The Colts leaped out to a quick 1-0 lead with 38:45 remaining in the half.
Opportunities kept coming for the Colts, as Midway avoided giving up a couple goals to stay within 1-0.
Finally, Midway was able to work its way down the field to notch a goal of their own. The goal, which came off the foot of Jeremy Cifuentes, tied the game at 1-1 with 30:44 remaining in the first half.
Each team traded opportunities before Cape Fear reclaimed the lead.
With 24:28 remaining in the half, the Colts fired a shot into the back of the net for the 2-1 lead.
Back and forth the action went when Midway’s Cifuentes went 1-on-1 with the last defender for another scoring opportunity. Cifunetes was impeded during his shot and was able to draw a penalty kick. Cifuentes converted the score, his second of the game, to tie the game back up at 2-2 with 15:41 remaining in the half.
Cape Fear and Midway once again shared missed opportunities to close out the first half and remain tied at 2-2.
Things went downhill in a hurry for Midway in the second half as Cape Fear came out on a tear, scoring five unanswered goals to put the Raiders away for good.
Cape Fear would record its first goal of the half at the 33:11 mark, setting up a beautiful goal for the go-ahead score, making it 3-2.
The next goal came off a quick set play with 19:58 remaining to build the lead to 4-2.
The Raiders kept fighting but a series of mental mistakes would seal the deal. With 12:58 remaining, the Colts took advantage of a miscue by the Midway goal keeper to push the lead to 5-2.
Cape Fear would notch two more goals at 10:35 and 8:36 to put the game away.
After the game, Midway head coach Allen McLamb was understandably disappointed.
“We played great for the first 40 minutes,” McLamb stated.
“Unfortunately, we let it slip away. Cape Fear got that two goal lead in the second and we just couldn’t recover.” McLamb concluded.
The Raiders dodged a scare in the second half when Cifuentes, who had both of Midway’s goals, went down with an injury and had to be carried off the field by assistant coach, James O’Brien. Fortunately, after spending a few minutes on the bench, Cifuentes was able to re-enter the game.
Midway will have another opportunity on Thursday when the Raiders square off against Princeton. That game was originally set to be played at Princeton, however, it has been moved to Midway. Game time is set for 6 p.m.
Melony Henderson can be reached at civitasmedia.com or 910-376-2127.