Lakewood beats Spring Creek in conference opener


By Adam Capps - [email protected]



Jonathan Gonzalez of Lakewood, number 7, battles for possession during the first half.


Lakewood’s soccer team earned a big win on Wednesday at the expense of visiting Spring Creek. In their conference opener, the Leopards took down the Gators, 6-2.

Lakewood got on the board early in the game to take a 1-0 lead, but would later relinquish it, and head into the halftime break tied at 2.

After head coach Jay Faircloth made some adjustments, the Leopards began to really hit their stride. They would go on to score 4 unanswered in the second half to claim the win, and keep their momentum headed in a positive direction.

“That was the ugliest win that I have ever coached, until about the last 30 minutes,” said Faircloth. “We were just struggling that first half. We made some adjustments, and it was like flipping a switch. The offense and defense started to do what they were supposed to do, and it turned into a very nice, and big win for us. It’s the first time we have beat Spring Creek since I’ve been the head coach here too, so it is very nice to kind of get over that hump.”

Lakewood was led by Frances Flores who had a hat trick on Wednesday. Sean Andrew, Lloosman Zabala, and Matt Wuester each scored Leopard goals as well.

Pate Holland had a nice game in the net for Lakewood, as he had 12 saves on 14 shots on goal.

Tyler Hobbs and LJ Faircloth helped the defensive attack from Lakewood, as they played aggressively and at a high level on that side of the ball.

Lakewood, now 1-3-1 on the season, and 1-0 in conference play, is slated to host North Duplin on Monday.

“They (North Duplin) are probably the hottest team in the conference right now,” said Faircloth. “I think that we are trending in the right direction too, so it should be interesting, and it’s another big game for us.”

The game is set to begin at 6 p.m.

By Adam Capps

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Jonathan Gonzalez of Lakewood, number 7, battles for possession during the first half.
http://clintonnc.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_DSC_0010.jpgJonathan Gonzalez of Lakewood, number 7, battles for possession during the first half.
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