Firing first has its privileges.

Mooresville High School’s boys soccer team found that fact first hand out on the field.

The Blue Devils struck for what wound up being the only successful goal late in the first half and made it stick to nudge their way past cross-town fellow I-Meck Conference arch rival Lake Norman, 1-0, to earn a leg up in the season’s home-and-series set.

The win enabled the Devils to advance into a tie for second place within the updated I-Meck ranks by improving their record to the 3-1 mark that carries the most clout in an overall 6-4-1 ledger they will take with them back into action as early as possible this week.

As for Lake Norman, it endured its second straight setback at the feet of a fellow circuit foe to fall to the 3-2 level against that crowd while taking a 3-7-2 standard back out onto the pitch.

Squaring off on Mooresville’s Coach Joe Popp Stadium turf Wednesday night to get the series started, the Devils found the net in the final phase of the first half to ease out to the 1-0 spread in place at the intermission break.

The lone blow was administered from senior Blue Devils midfielder Lance Barrett just inside the half’s four-minute mark.

As it turned out, that single strike was enough to account for the final damage as neither team managed to find the other’s goal during the course of the second 40-minute half.

Mooresville sophomore keeper Ben Burger was credited with the shutout, accounting for the fourth time all season the Devils have prevented an opponent from scratching.

Lake Norman was held without a tally for the fourth time all season.

No additional individual information was available.

Mooresville, on a multiple-match winning streak for the second time this season, takes aim at stretching its spree with traveling to take on I-Meck foe Hopewell High Monday night.

Lake Norman eyes a return to its winning ways when returning to its own field against Vance High also on Monday.

The two teams meet each other for a second and final time during the course of the regular season when facing off on the LNHS site Oct. 21.

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