Lakewood’s soccer team ended its season on a winning note Thursday, getting a 2-1 win against Trask in a makeup game play on the Leopard field.
Coach Jay Faircloth said he was proud of his team and the way they played all week, amassing two wins and only one loss.
“I’ve been talking hustle, communication and passing throughout the season; tonight all three things clicked,” the Leopard coach stressed.
Lakewood got on the board first with an unassisted goal from Fidel Lopez, his first of the season.
The remainder of the first half was a defensive battle with the Leopards, Faircloth said, holding their opponents and preventing them from hitting the net.
“It was a great defensive effort tonight. Those guys looked great out there, they really did.”
After the break, Lakewood’s Joseph Williams hit the net on a penalty kick, then the defense went back to work, holding the opponents scoreless.
Then Faircloth put in his reserves and made some shifts; Trask took advantage, hitting pay dirt for their first and only goal.
Lakewood’s win gives the team four wins in the conference, a first for the Leopards. It also puts them ahead of Trask and Pender in the standings.
Faircloth praised his entire team for their effort on the field Thursday afternoon. “It was remarkable watching them play. If I had to give a game ball today, I’d have to give it to everyone, even the reserves. They played the best game I thought possible.”
While Lakewood’s season is over for now, Faircloth is already looking to next year and a strong showing.
“I expect us to have a good turnout next year. I’ve got a lot of people coming back. We are only losing four seniors. These kids showed me a lot this year and I think we are only getting better.”