Spartans drop Leopards


By Anna Moore - Sports Writer



Spartan number 7, Michael Pineda remains control of the ball while holding off a Lakewood Leopard.


Union’s Irvin Ocampo keeps up with Lakewood’s David Ramirez.


The Union Spartans soccer team hosted the Lakewood Leopards Tuesday in a tough match. Union took their second win against Lakewood in as many days, winning by a score of 2-0.

For a majority of the first half, the score remained at 0-0. The Spartans’ offensive strategy kept them in control of the ball, while Lakewood’s defense kept the Spartans from scoring.

Finally, at the 9:11 mark, Irvin Ocampo scored the first goal for the Spartans. The Leopards made an attempt to make a goal at the end of the first half, but goalie, Cesar Ocampo blocked the shot leaving the score 1-0 at halftime.

In the second half, neither team gave each other the chance at a goal until the last 10 minutes. The Leopards had two close attempts, but were unable to score.

Arcenio Najera shot for a goal late in the second half, but the ball bounced back off of the post. At 4:10, he came back and made the second goal for the Spartans. Both teams played till the last second but no more goals were made giving the Spartans the win at 2-0.

Union’s Head coach, David Ameen, was pleased with the win, and commented, “Lakewood has their best squad I’ve seen since I have been the coach here. They always give us a tough time, and a good game.” He went on to talk about his team’s performance and what is next for the Spartans. “Today was tough, because we just played yesterday,” he said.

“The team is very tired. We are going to rest up for our next game against James Kenan and I hope to see the same kind of passing as I did today.”

The Spartans will be back in action when they host James Kenan on Thursday.

By Anna Moore

Sports Writer

Spartan number 7, Michael Pineda remains control of the ball while holding off a Lakewood Leopard.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSC_0449.jpgSpartan number 7, Michael Pineda remains control of the ball while holding off a Lakewood Leopard.

Union’s Irvin Ocampo keeps up with Lakewood’s David Ramirez.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/web1_DSC_0480.jpgUnion’s Irvin Ocampo keeps up with Lakewood’s David Ramirez.
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