They say lightning never strikes twice in the same place. However, two different strikes in Wake Forest was enough to put an end to the Cap-8 girls soccer contest between Heritage and Leesville Road.
The game was called at the 23:37 mark of the second half, deadlocked at 0-0.
The time played in the second half was enough to count as an official game, so the Pride get the first blemish on their previous perfect record. Leesville is now 5-0-1 on the season and still hasn’t given up a goal.
Heritage (3-1-3) coach Scott Sloan likes think the streak wouldn’t have lasted
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“I felt pretty good before the first whistle,” Sloan said. “I felt like for 10 to 15 minutes we looked pretty sharp. We were putting them on their heels a little bit. That’s unfortunate the break happened, but that’s soccer … that’s playing an outdoor sport.”
Would he have liked to see the game not called with the way things were going?
“Absolutely,” Sloan said with a grin. “If the wheels greased and things are going pretty good you want to keep going.”
Sloan’s counterpart, Leesville girls’ soccer coach Paul Dinkenor wasn’t pleased with the shortened evaluation of his team.
“I thought Heritage out-hustled us,” Dinkenor said. “They played with a little more energy than we did. I think we thought we were a little better than we were. This is the Cap-8, if we don’t get our act together, changes will be made. We played about as poorly as we can play. Take nothing away from them (Heritage), but his was a rude awakening for us. I don’t think we played with any of the necessary passion or intensity and I blame myself for that.”
The came was called for a 30 minute lightning delay with nine minutes remaining in the first half.
The two teams returned to the field to finish out the first, and after a two minute halftime, tried to complete the game. It was a battle against the clock and Mother Nature. Advantage: Mother Nature.
Lighting in the second half sent both teams home with goose eggs on the scoreboard. Heritage will travel to Leesville on April 13 for the rematch.