It’s been a long ride getting back to the break-even barrier for Lake Norman’s boys soccer team.
The Wildcats, winless in each of their first five matches of the season, moved to square one for the first time since the season began in mid-August following a 10-1 badgering past I-Meck Conference member West Charlotte.
The outcome placed Lake Norman at the 7-7-2 mark for the season overall following the 0-3-2 beginning and continued a trend of placing emphasis on the outings that mean the most. That is the case as the Wildcats now venture deeper into the second-half phase of crucial I-MC competition owning a 7-2 record.
Despite surrendering their first goal over the last three matches, the Wildcats countered that slim shortcoming on the defensive front offensively by tallying their highest number of goals scored during a single appearance the season to date.
The output nicked the previous high-water mark of nine goals logged in during the season’s first meeting with West Charlotte’s Lions early last month.
As a result, Lake Norman also completed its first successful sweeping of a home-and-home season series set opposite a fellow I-Meck foe.
The Wildcats evenly dished out their damage over the course of the two halves. Once hitting the winning margin, the contest was terminated at that point due to a mandatory goals-ahead mercy rule employed at the high school soccer level
It was the second time this season Lake Norman employed that rule in its favor. The first also came in the initial meeting with West Charlotte.
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The Wildcats, remaining on a season’s best four-match winning streak that allows them to remain unbeaten for the month of October, return to the pitch currently residing in second-place within the updated I-Meck ranks. That status will be strongly tested when Lake Norman makes the trip Monday night to take on a Mallard Creek crew that sits a mere half-game back in third place in the league standings.