The Lakewood Lady Leopards varsity soccer team lost in a close match against the Gators of Spring Creek on Thursday night, falling by the score of 2-1. This loss was despite a tough defensive effort that almost pushed the Leopards to the victory.
It was a beautiful but chilly night for a soccer match. Both teams went at it defensively and the game was nearly scoreless at the end of the first half, however, the Gators had found a way to score with a brilliant shot by Spring Creek sophomore Mirna Santiago that had the visiting Gator crowd roaring.
Lakewood had several shots on the goal that very well could have been put in, but a stiff Spring Creek defense made sure this was not the case and kept the ball out until the Lady Leopards kicked it in off a beautiful penalty kick. This score tied the game up at one apiece with 22:05 remaining in the ballgame as the crowd was on the edge of their seat in a tight one.
The Gators, however, answered with a goal of their own with 10:49 remaining in the game off a Madison Sullivan kick to take a shaky 2-1 lead. Yet, the game was no where close to being over as the Leopards played extremely aggressive in the last couple of minutes in hopes of tying the game up. The Gators, however, kept the Leopards out of the goal and shut down any comeback Lakewood was attempting to mount.
Lakewood head coach Jennifer Wuester praised her team for the hustle they gave.
“We hustled for 80 minutes which is always a good thing, but we can improve everywhere,” Wuester said. The Leopards fall to 3-2 on the season.
Spring Creek head coach Jared Miller said that the Gators were down a few players and still found a way to win which is something he is very pleased with.
“We survived with little numbers. We only had one sub so everyone tried as hard as they could,” Miller stated. Spring Creek improves to 2-3 overall.
Lakewood will host North Duplin on Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.
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