Instead of stabilizing its stance in the runner-up position within the I-Meck Conference ranks, Mooresville High School’s boys soccer team lost valuable footing following a beyond-overtime, official 4-3 defeat to Mallard Creek Monday night.
Seeking to stretch their at-the-time season’s best winning streak to five straight appearances in the process, the Blue Devils lost the handle on as much as a 3-0 lead and wound up on the short end of penalty-phase play to instead suffer their first setback in exactly two weeks’ time.
As a result, Mooresville heads back into play owning an 8-5-1 overall record that includes a 5-2 effort to show for all affairs carrying full circuit-counting clout.
Matched up against Mallard Creek’s Mavericks in play at Coach Joe Popp Stadium site, the Devils jumped out to largest lead in place into the last-stage segment of first half play before the allowing of a penalty kick served trim the intermission deficit to the 3-1 mark.
In that active opening 40 minutes of play, the Devils’ Noah London sparked the charge with his bagging of a pair of goals serving to highlight the home team’s performance.
After Mallard Creek closed to within a goal of the lead near the midway mark second half play, a second PK awarded to Mallard Creek, coming inside the final 10 minutes of the match, forged the 3-3 tie at the conclusion of regulation play.
After both teams remained scoreless through following overtime play, the outcome then hinged on what took place during the course of the penalty kick procedure used to determine a winner.
During that portion of the match, Mooresville finished on the short end of a 4-2 count served to settle the matter.
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Mooresville kicks off the second half of league play when traveling to take on North Mecklenburg Wednesday night.