Meridian Star


January 12, 2013

Knights rally through weather


MERIDIAN — West secures home-field in the playoffs

    The goals were simple for the West Lauderdale boys soccer team this season – beat Newton County and secure home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs. Friday night, the Knights accomplished both of those goals, as they took down the Cougars 5-0.

    “We needed this win,” West Lauderdale head coach Bryan Miley said. “This sets us up for home-field advantage which is huge for us. It's big, we have 13 seniors on this team, and they are starting to gel. I couldn't ask for anything more from a team.”

    Quinton Smith started the scoring off for the Knights 19 minutes into the first half, when he found the ball in the box and quickly knocked it in to give West a 1-0 lead.

    The Knights would not waist anytime tacking on more goals, as 10 minutes later Caleb Carpenter scored the second goal of the game for West.

    West would add another goal with three minutes before the half, when Chris Mallette buried a shot in the box to give the Knights a commanding 3-0 lead.

    “Before the game we psyched ourselves up,” Mallette said. “Coach tells us to play 100 percent the whole entire game no matter what the conditions are. We just pushed through it and played well.”

    Mallette would score a second goal in the second half, as West rolled to an easy win.

    “I had an assist too,” Mallette said of his two-goal performance. “I'm more proud of that, but the two goals aren't bad either.”

    The win improved the Knights to 14-3-2 on the season, as they head back home to take on Northeast Lauderdale on Tuesday in their last regular season game.

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