Soccer generic

The shoes still fit.

Lake Norman’s boys soccer team strengthened its status as the early-season outright frontrunner within the I-Meck Conference ranks after running roughshod past homestanding West Charlotte, 9-0, on Monday night.

Setting season-high standards, respectively, for the most goals scored as well as sizable winning margin in a single match so far this season in the process, the Wildcats improved to the league-leading, 2-0 mark with the crucial conference-counting ranks that looms as the most meaningful part of an overall 2-4-2 slate they will now take with them back into action as early as possible later this week.

Doing so to also get a favorable head start on the on-the-road segment of its season’s I-Meck slate, visiting Lake Norman piled on the majority of its damage over the course of the first half before polishing off the effort early in the second that also served to draw the matter to a close at that point as well.

After the Wildcats secured an 8-0 lead edge during the opening half, they legged in with what wound up being the match’s final goal early in the second. The bout was then terminated at that particular point due to a mandatory goals-ahead mercy rule.

No additional individual information was made available.

It accounted for the first time all season that Lake Norman employed that required rule in a match all season. The previous high-water mark for the Wildcats in regards to the most number of goals netted in a single match came in their earlier, 3-0 victory over league foe Hopewell High.

With the consecutive shutouts against common conference counterparts also serving to account for the only times they have held opponents scoreless, the Wildcats upped their goals-scored over goals-allowed ratio within the I-Meck ranks to the 12-0 mark, respectively, for the season to date.

The Wildcats return to play when making their second such showing opposite a circuit counterpart on their home field when playing host to Mallard Creek on Wednesday night. Lake Norman then makes one of its final non-conference appearances of the regular season when staying put at home to entertain West Forsyth on Thursday.

Get today’s top stories right in your inbox. Sign up for our daily newsletter.

Recommended for you