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Some penalties, as it turns out, are more rewarding than others.

The Mooresville High School boys soccer team can definitely relate.

In fact, in this particular case, it was a matter of more of them being the merrier for the Blue Devils during the course of their over-extended debut Monday night within the I-Meck Conference ranks.

The Devils, back in action for the first time in nearly a week, navigated their way through regulation play and two full periods of overtime action before emerging as the winner via the tiebreaking penalty kick phase to finally escape from North Mecklenburg in the I-Meck opener for both teams.

Officially, the score will be recorded as 1-0 in Mooresville’s favor after it dodged defeat courtesy of a 4-3 edge registered during the pivotal PK portion of play.

The two teams matched scoreless efforts through both halves of regulation as well as the two timed periods of OT before finally settling the matter once and for all during the one-on-one segment of penalty kick play.

With the welcome win, the Blue Devils return to play almost as soon as possible owning a 4-3-1 overall record that now includes the 1-0 start against crucial conference-counting competition.

The timing of the decision also proved to be meaningful as well. The outcome allowed the Devils to put the brakes on the three-match losing streak they took with them into the start of I-Meck action.

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Mooresville and North Meck engaged through a scoreless tie deep into the tiebreaking process.

Once reaching the penalty kick phase, each team took turns pitting one player head-to-head against the other’s goalkeeper for a total of five kicks. During that portion of play, Mooresville secured the upper hand to emerge as the victor.

The verdict was rendered in what was the Blue Devils’ first of two opening-week matches on tap within the pivotal league-counting ranks. Mooresville is back on the pitch and makes its first of two straight road game appearances opposite I-Meck members against Hough High Wednesday night.

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