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Lions, Sacred Heart Academy battle to 0-0 tie

The Halifax County Middle School and Sacred Heart Academy soccer teams deadlocked when they faced each other about a week ago. Tuesday’s meeting between the two teams had the same result.

Halifax County Middle School and Sacred Heart Academy battled to a scoreless tie Tuesday, putting the Lions’ season record at 7-2-2.

“It was a closer game than the first one,” noted Lions Head Coach Sid Young.

“We out-shot them 19-9, but just couldn’t get one in. We had our chances and they had theirs.”

Halifax County Middle School goalkeeper Isaac Schafer had four saves in the game, three of which came on Sacred Heart Academy breakaways. On one of them, Schafer was able to deflect a shot over the goal.

The Lions had the edge in just about every statistical column. Halifax County Middle School had eight corner kicks while Sacred Heart Academy had two. Halifax County Middle School had six direct kicks as compared to two for Sacred Heart Academy.

Sacred Heart Academy had to play the game short one player through the final eight minutes after one if its players received a red card and was ejected from the game.

“I thought we played pretty well,” Young said.

“Sacred Heart had several ninth-graders on their team, while we were playing sixth, seventh and eighth-graders. It makes a little bit of a difference.

“Everybody got to see some playing time and I thought everybody did fairly well,” he added.

The Lions were set to face a key game yesterday, going on the road to face Bluestone Middle School in a contest that will determine the Southside Middle School Conference East Division title.

Halifax County Middle School was in need of a win to earn the regular-season division title.