Wildcats open up with win over Raiders


By Danny McDowell - Sports Writer



Midway’s Juan Medellin competes with Hobbton’s Francisco Rosas in soccer action at Midway. (Danny McDowell/Sampson Independent)


Hobbton’s Christian Vega looks for pay dirt against Midway goalkeeper Matthew Core in a soccer game Monday. (Danny McDowell/Sampson Independent)


The Hobbton Wildcats soccer team made the short trip to Spivey’s Corner Monday evening to take on their long time rivals at Midway High School.

The visitors came away with a 2-1 victory.

The Raiders scored first. Following a corner kick, Fernando Toledo was able to find the back of the goal to give the Raiders a 1-0 lead. The score came with 22:30 remaining in the opening half.

Following the goal, the teams had very few shots on goal the rest of the half. However, as the time dwindled, the Wildcats played out every second and scored with just 12.4 seconds remaining. The goal was by Uriel Cruz on an assist from Brandon Peacock. Hobbton took the momentum into intermission with the score knotted at 1.

In the second half, the Wildcats seemed to maintain momentum, although neither had success with shots. With 25:47 left to play, Christian Vega got loose for a fast break with only goalkeeper Matthew Core in the way. His kick got through and Hobbton seized the 2-1 lead, and that would prove to be the final score.

“A win’s a good way to start the season off,” remarked Hobbton coach Jonathon Jacobs, “but there’s still work to be done. Hopefully we can take what we did today and go with that.”

The Wildcats will play at the Battle at the Beach this weekend. They will take on East Duplin on Friday and Croatan on Saturday in Onslow County.

“We’ve got a lot of work to do,” asserted Midway coach Allen McLamb, “more than I thought. Communication was our problem tonight. They opened up some runs for us and we ended up with a kick ball festival. Nobody would bring it back in and play wide and play soccer. I’m disappointed, but it’s nothing that can’t be fixed.”

The Raiders will travel to Triton on Wednesday. There will be a junior varsity game at 4:30, followed by the varsity game at 6:00.

By Danny McDowell

Sports Writer

Midway’s Juan Medellin competes with Hobbton’s Francisco Rosas in soccer action at Midway. (Danny McDowell/Sampson Independent)
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_HHS-soccer-037.jpgMidway’s Juan Medellin competes with Hobbton’s Francisco Rosas in soccer action at Midway. (Danny McDowell/Sampson Independent)

Hobbton’s Christian Vega looks for pay dirt against Midway goalkeeper Matthew Core in a soccer game Monday. (Danny McDowell/Sampson Independent)
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_HHS-soccer-056.jpgHobbton’s Christian Vega looks for pay dirt against Midway goalkeeper Matthew Core in a soccer game Monday. (Danny McDowell/Sampson Independent)
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