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Late goal foils middle school soccer team

The Halifax County Middle School soccer team did just about everything right in Wednesday’s contest against Prince Edward County Middle School with the exception of one thing – getting a win.

Prince Edward County Middle School scored a goal with just under four minutes left in the game to break a deadlock and earn a 2-1 win over the Lions here at Halifax County Middle School.

“We out-played them and out-shot them,” pointed out Halifax County Middle School Head Coach Sid Young.

“We played well. We did a good job coming to the ball and did a good job with our passing. We just didn’t get the win.”

Wednesday’s loss dropped the Lions to 4-2 overall and to 3-2 in Southside Middle School Conference play.

“The only saving thing (about the two losses) is that they were not in our division of the conference,” Young pointed out.

As a result, the Lions are still very much in contention for the regular-season championship in its division. 

Halifax County Middle School dominated Wednesday’s game in just about every facet. The Lions had a huge edge in shots on goal, getting off 37 shots to eight shots for Prince Edward County. For much of the game, the Lions kept the ball on Prince Edward Middle School’s side of the field.

“They (Prince Edward County Middle School) were in a completely prevent defense,” Young noted.

“Most of the time they kept four people back in front of the goal and had six players attacking. We pounded on them all day long. It was just pound, pound, pound. Their goalkeeper did a good job in making 24 saves.”

Halifax County Middle School took the lead when Ford Morrison scored a goal at the 22:07 mark of the first half. About three minutes later, Prince Edward County Middle School answered with a goal on a long shot from the outside.

The game remained tied until a Prince Edward County Middle School player scored a goal at the 3:53 mark.

“It was a good chip shot over our goalkeeper’s head,” Young said.

Young said the Prince Edward County Middle School goal was questionable in the mind of some of his players and to a number of Lions fans watching.

“What they (Prince Edward County Middle School) tried to do was play long shots over the top of our defense,” Young explained.

“Several times the officials called them for being offside. Some of our kids thought the Prince Edward County Middle School player (that scored the goal) was offside, but the officials didn’t call it. It was a judgment call.”

Halifax County Middle School had the edge in corner kicks, getting three of those opportunities, while Prince Edward County Middle School had none. The Lions had five penalty kicks, one of which was a direct kick from just outside the penalty box, and four indirect kicks.

The Lions were back in action yesterday, going on the road to face Russell Middle School in a Southside Middle School Conference contest.