Raiders notch first win

By Daron Barefoot - Sports Writer

Uvaldo Acosta handles the ball for the Raiders.

After dropping their season opener to Cape Fear, the Midway Raiders soccer team traveled to Triton on Monday evening seeking their first victory. This game was originally supposed to be played at Midway, but due to thunderstorms leading to a schedule change for the Midway football team, the game was relocated to Triton.

The Raiders were indeed successful in picking up their first win, defeating the Hawks 5-1 following another solid offensive performance by Midway’s Jeremy Cifuentes, who earned a hat trick an assist in the contest.

Midway got things started around the 33-minute mark of the first half as Cifuentes recorded his first goal of the game off the assist by Medellin. Midway led 1-0.

Midway increased the lead to 2-0 at the 20-minute mark of the first half, again off the foot of Cifuentes, this time assisted by Uvaldo Acosta.

Triton would cut the lead to 2-1 a few minutes later, but Midway quickly answered.

With about 10 minutes left in the first half, Midway’s Medellin drew a penalty kick for the scoring opportunity. The PK was successful, and Midway now led 3-1.

That lead would hold as the first half came to a close.

The Raiders picked right back up where they left off, scoring their fourth goal at the 33-minute mark of the second half. This goal was scored by Medellin and was assisted by Cifuentes. The Raider lead was now 4-1

Midway picked up its last goal at the 17-minute mark. This goal was scored by Cifuentes, his third and the hat trick, and was assisted by Royal. This goal brought things to the final tally of 5-1.

After the game, Raider coach, Allen McLamb, spoke highly of the improvements he saw in his team from last week’s loss.

“We played tremendously better,” said Coach McLamb.

“The coaching staff got smarter and moved some personnel to where they needed to be. Between moving the players around and them improving their communication, it was fun to watch,” he concluded.

With the win, Midway stands at 1-1 in the young season. They will be back in action on Wednesday, returning home for a contest against Lakewood, followed by a quick turnaround on Thursday as they travel to Cape Fear for their second meeting. Both games are set for 6 p.m.

Uvaldo Acosta handles the ball for the Raiders. Acosta handles the ball for the Raiders.

By Daron Barefoot

Sports Writer

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