The Lakewood Leopards took to the road for their final regular season and conference battle of the season. They brought back a win and solidification of fourth place in the Carolina 1A Conference.
Lakewood won the game 2-0, in a game that featured phenomenal play from back-up goalie Tyler Hobbs, who was thrown into the starting position after an injury to Pate Holland in Lakewood’s last outing, a loss to Rosewood.
Hobbs looked calm and like a seasoned veteran throughout the game, as he and the Lakewood defense pitched a shutout. He had 6 saves in his first start.
“I thought Tyler was really good for us tonight,” said Lakewood’s head coach, Jay Faircloth. “He’s just a sophomore, but he looked like he was a regular back there. We are really happy with what he showed us tonight.”
Lakewood got on the board in the first half when Albert Reyes scored off an assist from Shawn Andrew. They added the extra goal of insurance fifteen minutes into the second half when Lloosman Zabala assisted Frances Flores for the goal.
“I thought as a team we were really good. We had some slips and played a bit haywire at times, but this is a good win, and a big win,” continued the Leopard coach. “We knew we had to beat Princeton for fourth place in the conference and we did. It feels good, as this is the best we have ever finished in the conference. I think we can make some noise in the playoffs if we are able to play the type of soccer we know we can play.”
Lakewood finished the conference portion of their season 8-6, and are awaiting their playoff game information. Brackets should be released by Saturday. For more information and updates, follow Adam Capps on Twitter @ac4birdie, and the newspaper @SampsonInd.