The Midway soccer team opened up conference play on Monday evening as the East Bladen Lady Eagles visited Spivey’s Corner. Both teams entered tonight’s game undefeated and featured plenty of speed and physicality. In the end, it was East Bladen that was able to outwork the Lady Raiders, handing them their first loss of the season, with the final score of 3-1. East Bladen remains undefeated.
The game’s first goal came at the 30:46 mark of the first half. The Lady Eagles fired a shot on goal that ricocheted off the cross bar, but Lacey Suggs, who was there for the rebound, was able to send it back in for the score and the 1-0 lead.
The goal seemed to awaken Midway, as they worked their way into several scoring opportunities over the next few minutes, but the Lady Raiders just couldn’t cash in.
East Bladen nearly added to their lead at the 24:35 mark, but a nice save by goal keeper Kyla Kibler kept the score at 1-0.
East Bladen was successful at the 21:45 mark, however, as Suggs again found the back of the net to increase the lead to 2-0.
The Lady Eagles turned away several more Raider opportunities. At 11:55, a Midway shot was unsuccessful, as the goal keeper was out of position but a defender was there for save. At the 2:50 mark, East Bladen again preserved its 2-0 lead after Midway fired what looked like sure goal on a corner inbound, but the goal keeper quickly recovered for the save.
The first half would come to an end with score locked at 2-0 in favor of the visitors.
In the second half, the Lady Eagles seemed to be in control, maintaining possession for most of the second half. At the 29:37 mark, East Bladen increased its lead to 3-0, this time off the foot of Hannah Devane.
The Lady Eagles continued to control the ball, using their speed and long kicks to keep Midway on the defensive, however, play was stopped for about forty five minutes at the 15:21 mark due to lightning.
Following the delay, Midway seemed to have life. With 13:05 left in the game, Midway’s Anna Apperson fired a long shot that was just out of reach of the goal keeper’s hands, cutting the lead to 3-1.
Midway would get no closer, however, as East Bladen was able to fend off a Raider comeback and capture the victory.
Following the game, Midway’s head coach Trey Apperson was understandably disappointed. “The girls played hard, especially the last 60 minutes, but we came out flat,” He said, He went on to credit East Bladen, saying, “they have some good players and were able to get some energy and put us into a position where we were trying to claw back.”
With the loss, Midway drops to 5-1 overall, and 0-1 in the conference. Their next game is Thursday night at Triton at 6pm before returning to conference action on Friday at Pender. That game is set for 5 p.m.
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