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Lions Soccer Bounces Bluestone

Collin Kashmer scored twice and Tyler Garner and Austin Lowe added goals to give the Halifax County Middle School soccer team a 4-1 win Tuesday at Bluestone. Kashmer’s first goal came off an assist from Tyler Fallen with 1:28 elapsed in the first half, and Garner scored at the 3:56 mark to give Halifax a 2-0 lead.

Kashmer added his second goal at the 16:01 mark of the first half off assists from Garner and Fallen to make it 3-0 at halftime.

Halifax was called for a handball in front of the its goal 10 minutes into the second half and Bluestone cashed in off a penalty kick to cut its deficit to 3-1, but Lowe scored off an assist from Fallen at the 23:44 mark for the final margin.

Kyle Lacks was in goal for Halifax the entire game and turned away eight Bluestone shots, while the Lions’ defense played another solid game, according to Lions coach Sid Young.

Bluestone came out hard and outshot the Lions 10-6 in the first half, Young added, but the Lions tightened their defense after halftime, with Bluestone finishing with 16 shots on goals compared to 14 for Halifax.

“Tyler Fallen and Ethan Rosche at sweeper both had good games, as did Hunter Holt, Walker Abbott and Luci Morrison on defense,” Young said.

“Kyle Crews and Grey Moser played well at midfield and the team as a whole is playing with more consistency,” he added.

With an eye toward the upcoming Southside Middle School Conference Tournament, the Lions are looking to continue the momentum with home games against Prince Edward and Powhatan to close out the regular season.

“It’s a good opportunity to get some momentum going into the tournament,” Young explained.

“Two wins could possibly give us home field for the first round of the tournament and that would be the first time we’ve had that since I’ve coached the team.”

Powhatan visits Halifax Tuesday to end the regular season for the Lions, with game time at 4:30 p.m.