Leesville Road’s boys soccer team defeated Panther Creek 2-0 on Wednesday night in a battle between two teams from strong conferences.
“I thought the second half our fitness was good, we moved the ball well,” Leesville Road head coach Paul Dinkenor said. “It was a good win for us on the road against a very good team.”
After a quiet first half, the Pride found the back of the net off a corner kick.
Leesville Road’s Grant Nelson took the corner kick and placed it nicely in the box where Alyddin Darar put a foot on it and poked it past Panther Creek (1-1) goalkeeper Ammeen Nader for the opening goal of the game.
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“We thought about being a bit more aggressive (after Leesville’s first goal in the second half),” Panther Creek head coach David Grant said.
“We didn’t want to make too quick of a change. We thought about keeping it consistent, keeping to what we’re doing as we headed deeper into the half. Then we moved some extra numbers forward as the half progressed.”
Nader kept the Pride lead at 1-0 with a nice sliding kick save on a 3-on-1 break in just top of the box.
“We expect that of (Nader),” Grant said. “He did a very good job tonight keeping us in the game tonight.”
Leesville got its second goal in the 77th minute as Darar saved a ball from going out of bounds and booted it in front of the Catamounts net where Isiah Rowland was waiting. Rowland scored to go up 2-0.
“It’s going to be tough for our opponents moving forward if we keep doing what we did tonight,” Grant said. “We know what to expect out of the SWAC, that is why we play the Leesvilles, the Jordans and the Sandersons.”
Leesville (2-1) has early-season momentum.
“I’m hoping we’re continuing to play good soccer,” Dinkenor said. “We’re going to focus on stringing a bunch of wins together, one at a time, which is something we haven’t done in a couple of years.”