The Midway Raider soccer team hosted Lakewood on Wednesday, looking for some scoring. In 2 previous games, the Raiders had been held to a single goal.
Wednesday would be different. The Raiders scored 3 times to defeat their county rivals from Lakewood 3-1.
The first score came with 30:05 remaining in the opening half. Uvaldo Acosta found Juan Medellin and Medellin hit pay dirt. The Raiders went up 1-0.
The home team got another goal at the 23:18 mark. This time it was Acosta who scored. The assist came from Jonathan Espino. The 2-0 lead would hold into intermission.
In the second half, Medellin struck again, and again was assisted by Acosta. With 33:37 remaining, the Raiders led 3-0.
The Leopards got on the scoreboard with 12:45 remaining. Kevin Bonilla scored on a penalty kick. Although the Leopards seemed to claim the momentum, neither team would find the goal again and 3-1 would as the final tally.
“Much better game,” remarked Midway coach Allen McLamb. “We played the field kind of like I wanted to this time. They got it in and out and had patience. That was the key. Everybody gave me everything they had and they had patience on the field and that’s what we’re looking for.”
“We’re just trying to find ourselves,” stated Leopard coach Jay Faircloth. “We’re like a Rubik’s cube. We’ve got 4 or 5 sides done and 1 color missing. We’ve just got a lot to work on. We’ve had 7 goals scored on us this week and every one was off mistakes. But, I saw some good things tonight. We had good play from Matthew Wuester and Lloosman Zabala. We’ll get it fixed hopefully.”
On Monday, Lakewood, 0-3, will travel to Wallace-Rose Hill. The Raiders, 1-1-1, will play host to the Princeton Bulldogs.