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Still second to just one.

Lake Norman’s boys soccer team preserved its outright ownership of the runner-up position in the updated I-Meck Conference ranks following a toe-tested, 4-2 triumph over Zebulon Vance Wednesday night.

Doing to so also draw the on-the-road segment of the regular-season’s schedule to a close, the Wildcats gathered in the come-from-behind doubling secured primarily on the strength of a solid second half. This win assures them of no worse than a share of the I-Meck’s second place spot regardless of what takes place during the course of this upcoming final full week of regulation play.

To safely stamp that status, Lake Norman continued its conscientious conference-long effort to place the bulk of its priority on the appearances that mattered the most. LNHS improved to the 10-8-2 mark for the season overall that is spiced in particular by its 10-3 ledger in place to show for all such showings taking place against countering circuit competition.

With the outings taking place within the I-Meck ranks also carrying the most clout in regards to pending potential postseason possibilities that will soon be finalized, Lake Norman enters this week’s finale practically assured of securing one of the limited number of automatic invites.

In large part upon making their final regularly-scheduled road trip of their season’s schedule a success, the Wildcats have the final 40 minutes of play against Vance’s Cougars to credit for keeping their somewhat satisfying status secure.

Trailing by a 2-1 count at the conclusion of the opening half of play, the Wildcats struck for gold their remaining three times in the second half to overcome the earlier damage. LNHS bagged all three of the goals to also offset the surrendering a second goal to the home team over that same span.

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The four goals netted were the fourth most managed by Lake Norman on the offensive front within I-Meck play, while the two goals allowed in return marked only the third time in all of its league appearances that an opponent has landed that many blows.

Lake Norman collected the outcome to complete its fourth out of a possible five home-and-home season series sweeps over as many different I-Meck foes. In the process, the Wildcats emerged on the favorable side of matters for a second straight time and for the seventh time in their late eight appearances overall dating back to the beginning of October.

There remains the attempt to nail down that number-two position outright in the I-Meck and avoid any additional sweating in regards to receiving a coveted postseason bid. Lake Norman closes out it regular-season when conducting annual Senior Night festivities against North Mecklenburg Wednesday night. They are seeking to put the finishing touches on that particular home-and-home season series sweep.

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