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Patience came complete with a prize for Lake Norman’s boys soccer team.

Overcoming several missed opportunities in the course of previous play, the Wildcats scratched for what proved to be their only goal needed to slip their way past fellow I-Meck Conference member North Mecklenburg, 1-0, on Monday night.

With the worth-waiting for win, Lake Norman stretched its current season-best winning streak both for the season overall and within I-Meck play to three straight matches.

In the process, the Wildcats improved to the 6-7-2 mark for the season overall while bumping their all-important ledger within the league ranks to the 6-2 mark. This successfully christens the second half of crucial circuit competition that is used to determine automatic inclusion into statewide postseason play.

“We stuck to our game plan,’’ said Matt Bice, Lake Norman’s head coach, “and it finally paid off. I feel like we missed on a couple of opportunities in the first half that could have put the game away. I was very proud of the boys for keeping our composure.”

The lone tally took place in the second half. Wildcat sophomore forward Carter Rogers accepted a feed from junior defensive specialist Nicolas Sica and knocked home the strike for the only goal scored in this season’s first-time meeting between the two familiar foes.

On the defensive front, the Wildcats dialed in with their second straight shutout — both coming against common I-Meck foes — and upped the total number of times they have prevented an opponent from scratching for a single strike to four for the season overall.

“We continued to possess the ball and be very dangerous in the final third,” said Bice on a night when not a single senior logged in with minutes played due to a combination of factors that included injuries and illnesses. “It’s obvious to me that we are maturing as a team. I am excited to see what we can do with the remainder of the season.”

It won’t take long to start finding out. Lake Norman returns to the pitch when returning home to host West Charlotte on Wednesday night.

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