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L-E give Dogs the boot, 3-1

Posted: March 13, 2014 2:35 p.m.
Updated: March 14, 2014 5:00 a.m.

Getting two goals in the opening 50 minutes of play proved to be more than enough for the Lugoff-Elgin boys soccer team whichtook a 3-1 win over host Camden on Wednesday night.
The game, played at Zemp Stadium, was the first of two meetings between the cross-river rivals this season.
“It was a tough loss,” said second-year CHS head coach Mark Chickering. “We did not play very well in the first half; our effort was lacking. L-E was beating us to the ball and generally outplaying us. In the second, we came out and played much harder and had some good chances to score, unfortunately, we couldn’t cash in on them.”
The visiting Demons opened the scoring in the 11th minute when a Brandon Noel corner kick was blocked by Camden’s Jack Crayne. The loose ball to be taken by L-E’s Ryan Timmons, who pushed it past Richard White for the first goal of the night and the lone score of the first half.
L-E made it 2-0 in the 50th minute when Noel took a centering pass from Nathan Fuller at midfield, dribbled 18-yard box before sending a shot into the upper corner for a 2-0 lead.
Camden cut the deficit in half five minutes later when Adiel Pena scored on a header from inside the box. The goal was the third for the freshman forward who has scored all three Bulldog goals in the season’s first two games.
The Demons gave themselves some breathing room in the 74th minute of the match when a blocked header off an L-E corner kick was taken at the mouth of the goal by senior Caleb Reese, who sent home the third goal of the game for the guests.
Chickering said his team missed on several opportunities to clse the gap in the second half of play.
“I think we hit the crossbar twice in the second half,” he said. “We’ve given up four goals in two days off of corner kicks. Obviously, we can’t do that and expect to win.”
The Demons continue non-region action with a home match tonight against Indian Land at 7:30 p.m. The junior varsity contest kicks things off at 6 p.m.

Pena’s pair not enough for CHS in opener: Adiel Pena scored two goals but that was not enough as A.C. Flora scored five times in a 5-2 victory over visiting Camden in Tuesday’s boys’ soccer season and Region 4-AAA opener in Columbia.
Sporting a bevy of first-year varsity players, Camden fell behind by two goals in the first 12 minutes of play.
The host Falcons dented the scoreboard in the fourth minute when the Bulldogs failed to clear a Flora corner kick. The ball was played into the middle, and was headed off the crossbar to a Falcon attacker. The rebound was taken by another Falcon whose shot also glanced off the crossbar and onto the foot of a teammate who made the third shot count for a 1-0 lead.
The 11th ranked Falcons made it 2-0 in the 12th minute as a CHS defender was beaten on a corner kick, allowing the Flora forward to find the back of the net.
Pena scored the first Bulldog goal of the season when he received a pass from outside the 18-yard box. He then faked left and stepped over the ball, went to his right to beat his defender before blasting a shot in to the net to make it a one-goal game.
But Flora tacked on a third goal in the first minute of stoppage time with a goal into the left corner of the goal to carry a 3-1 lead into the Bolden Stadium locker room.
Pena struck again in the fifth minute of the second half when he beat his defender off the dribble, pulled the Flora keeper from the net and sent home a shot to cut the deficit to 3-2.
“Adiel Pena really played well for us,” Chickering said. “This was his first varsity match and he netted two goals and he is just a freshman. Hopefully, we’ll see more of that from him this year.”
The hosts would put this one away with goals at the 17th and 19th minute of play. The first of the pair came as the result of a defensive breakdown by the Dogs while the fifth goal came when a Falcon player intercepted a CHS pass and went in for a goal.
Chickering said he liked what he saw from his young squad in the regular season opener.
“We played very well at times and showed a lot of resilience in battling back to stay in the match,” he said. “Flora is a very good team and will battle for the region title this season. 
“It’s not the result we wanted, but, I think it showed we can compete this season.  Our region is very difficult and we need to keep working to get better, but our attitude is great and our kids work hard, so I expect a good season.”
Things will not get eny easier for the Bulldogs who will return to Region 4-AAA action tonight when River Bluff, the state’s top-ranked AAA team, comes to Zemp Stadium for a 7 p.m. start.


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