The Meridian Star
The Southeast Lauderdale boys soccer team continued its hot start to the 2013 season, using three goals in the opening five minutes to down division rival Choctaw Central, 10-0, at home Thursday night.
Senior forward Gage Hagan was credited with three goals and three assists on the game. Hagan had a part in the Tiger’s three opening goals, knocking in a header from Chase Hughes in the third minute before setting up Josh Johnson in the fourth minute. He finished the scoring spurt by directing a ball off his chest and past the Choctaw keeper, sealing the game for Southeast from the start.
“We passed the ball through and made a lot of good plays,” Hagan said. “It worked out our way this time. We knew we were better than them coming in here. We just stood together.”
With his team up 4-0, Hagan was credited with a hat trick after two Choctaw players collided near their goal sending the ball ricocheting into their own net. Hagan missed the 2012 season after breaking his leg in the Tigers’ second game but has bounced back to become a leading force for Southeast this year.
“That’s what he’s been doing all year,” Southeast head coach Mike Thomas said of Hagan. “That’s what he does, he’s just a ball hawk. He has good, short touches and makes things happen.”
Andrew Bernard had two goals in the game, while Hughes, Hunter Graham and Caleb McGrew also had goals. Even Southeast goalie Noah Johnson took part in the scoring frenzy, tipping in a goal from Hughes in the second half.
“It was pretty great,” Noah Johnson said. “Coming out of the goal, I wanted to put a goal in. Chase crossed it perfectly, and I just dove.”
The win comes two days after a 2-1 victory over Forest in the Tigers’ division opener. Southeast (6-1, 2-0) will take on Louisville at home Tuesday night.
“We needed a game like this,” Noah Johnson said. “It allowed us to relax and stuff. But next week we have two district games, and we’ll have to come out hard again for those.”
Southeast Lauderdale (girls) 3
Choctaw Central 2
The Lady Tigers overcame a two-goal deficit to knock off Choctaw Central, 3-2, Thursday night.
Two early goals by Jashaunique Steve put the Lady Warriors up 2-0, but Farris Booker answered with a goal before the second half to cut the lead in half and provide some valuable momentum for Southeast.
In the 60th minute, Ruby Mata earned a penalty after she was fouled in the box and delivered the tying goal moments later.
Rebecca Blanks scored the game-winner 11 minutes later, as she beat the keeper to the left post on a pass from Madison Irby to put the Tigers up 3-2.
Southeast Lauderdale moved to 3-5 overall and 1-1 in district with the win.
“We’ve kind of had a mental block against Choctaw Central these last few years for whatever reason,” Thomas said. “It was just a huge win for us just because we were behind 2-0 and battled our way back. We found out a lot about ourselves as a team tonight.”