For the second time in less than a week, the Lady Raiders and Lady Eagles soccer teams squared off in non-conference action on Tuesday evening. This time things would be a little different. In the first meeting between the two last week, Midway cruised to a 6-0 victory over a Rosewood team that was missing players due to ongoing basketball. Tonight, however, Rosewood put up a stronger fight before succumbing to the Lady Raiders, 3-2.
After being shut out in the first meeting, it was Rosewood that struck first, finding the back of the net 1:32 into the game for the 1-0 lead. Rosewood applied early pressure and found themselves with a bit of breakaway for the game’s first goal.
For the next several minutes, Midway settled down and was able to apply some pressure of their own, getting several shots on goal, but were just unable to find the back of the net.
Back and forth and up and down the field the action went before Midway was able to land their first goal. It came with 12:29 remaining in the first half off the foot of Kasey McLamb, tying the game at 1-1.
Midway would keep applying pressure, racking up their total shots on goal.
With 7:36 left in the first half, Midway would again find the back of the net for the 2-1 lead. Once again, it was Kasey McLamb with the goal.
At the end of the first half, Midway was clinging to its 2-1 lead.
The second half yielded some exciting action as Rosewood refused to quit. The Lady Eagles would eventually tie the score at 2-2 after finding the back of the net once again.
Midway, however, proved to be too much as the Lady Raiders would reclaim the lead after notching their third and final goal. With 21:45 left in the game, Manasia Cobb would find the back of the net; Kasey McLamb was credited with the assist.
A defensive battle would ensue for the remainder of the game, as there would be no more goals added. Midway held on to escape with the 3-2 victory.
After the game, Midway head coach Trey Apperson was pleased with his team’s performance in a tough match-up.
“We started the year at their place with a 6-0 win, but we knew they were missing some key players due to the basketball playoffs” said Coach Apperson. “They’re a really good team with probably one of the best individual players I’ve seen in my years of coaching,” continued Apperson.
“We talked about how we knew she’d be back tonight but still were unable to compensate for how good she is” he added. “But she has some good players to compliment her and tonight their keeper did a good job. I don’t know what the final tally was, but we had 20 shots on goal in the first half, and only scored twice. Overall, I’m real proud of our girls. We had a lot of players play tonight, and overall, we’re glad to come out with the win.”
With the win, Midway improves to 3-0 overall. The Lady Raiders are back in action this Friday night at 6:00pm when they host cross-county rival Lakewood in more non-conference action.
Reach Daron Barefoot at [email protected]